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post #1 of 3 Old 12-21-2011, 06:40 PM Thread Starter
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Stock saddle fit critique...again?

Miss Lacey has lost a bit of weight since her previous issues with her saddle sliding all over, etc, but now I'm at another point of quandary.

She's started being cinchy again and being a pill when I try to get on which are both things I associate with her when her saddle isn't fitting correctly. However, I really can't see any points of ill-fitment so I'd like other opinions whether her saddle does, in fact, fit or whether it doesn't and she's being grumpy for a reason.
Those things she's doing could also be just learned habits since I've been having the worst time finding a saddle that fits her.

The things I notice that might be possible issues are:
- The saddle slides forwards and backwards ALL the time. It's helped by having a no-slip pad and breastcollar but there's still slippage.

- Out of the saddle, I can easily slide my fingers under the shoulder area of the saddle. In the saddle, it's possible but difficult to shove my fingers under there. There is even pressure all along though. The back side is just as easy/hard as the front.

-The back of the saddle is always sliding one way or the other. It naturally wants to sit on Lacey's back unevenly... I try to shove it back periodically, but it always shifts back.

Also, there's another girl, about my age, who may be starting to ride Lacey on a regular basis and yesterday when she came to ride, I noticed that the saddle really sat down on Lacey's back when this girl got on. There went from being 4 fingers of wither clearance to barely 2 (doesn't happen to me that dramatically, I just get a 4 finger down to 3 finger difference)... And I'm wondering if perhaps I should use a slightly thicker pad when this girl rides to keep the saddle off Lacey's back a little more?

Anyway, picture time!

(also, these picture were after I had ridden for about an hour, so the padding n' stuff was all warmed up but not really pressed down since this saddle doesn't stay that way once someone gets off)

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Finger clearance:




Fabio - 13 year old Arabian/Lipizzan gelding

Rest peacefully, Lacey.
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post #2 of 3 Old 12-22-2011, 09:02 AM
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might be a bit narrow, seams to be setting up kinda high. Send these pics to downunderweb, they are great. See what they say.
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post #3 of 3 Old 12-22-2011, 10:51 PM Thread Starter
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Good idea.

I sent them pictures this morning and the guy said "Looks like the saddle is sitting back a little too much, we have attached a modified photo showing how the girth is at an angle to the saddle (yellow line). The saddle should be a little more forward (red line), this should straighten out the girth more. The saddle does not look to be too narrow and is matching the angle of the withers." (as well as drawing lines on the full body picture for me).

This confuses me since this saddle is not too far back to my mind. If it where farther forward it would be sitting directly on her shoulder blades which, as a general rule, is never good.

*so confused*

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Rest peacefully, Lacey.

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