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  • How to fit a western saddle to a swayback horse
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    05-24-2010, 12:08 PM
Sway Back Horse

Any suggestions on how to pad a sway backed horse with a western saddle?
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    05-24-2010, 12:42 PM
My Rosie has a slight sway to her back. I actually took her to get fitted for a saddle. The guy that fitted her told me that I needed to use 2 pads on her to insure the right fit. I don't know if this helps, but it's what I was told.
    05-24-2010, 02:22 PM
Depends on how swayed it is.

My Aunt's horse Precious is incredibly swayed, and I actually have to put towels in her back under the pads. Some sway backed horses will just require two pads, others need more than that.
    05-24-2010, 03:33 PM
As cheap as horses are I just wouldn't ride a sway backed horse.
    05-24-2010, 03:33 PM
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There are saddle pads made for sway backed horses. Skito will custom make shims for their pads based on photos of your horse. The shims are removable, so if the horse gains muscle or you buy a different saddle, the pad can be adjusted as needed. The Skito Correction pad goes over a blanket or thin pad. The Skito Insert pad has the option of shims and is used by itself. I really like my Skito saddle pads. They hold up well over the years too.
    05-24-2010, 03:35 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by kevinshorses    
As cheap as horses are I just wouldn't ride a sway backed horse.
So what would you do if you had one, that was a good riding horse? Throw it away? Shoot it? Turn it loose in the wood? Not many people can afford to own more than one or two horses at a time.
    05-24-2010, 03:48 PM
If I could only afford one horse it wouldn't be a sway backed one. I would sell it or give it away and get one that wasn't conformationally deformed. If I had a horse I just couldn't part with then I would train it to drive and use it to pull a cart or just leave it in a pasture to live out it's days.
    05-24-2010, 05:25 PM
My barn is an English barn, so when we get horses that are swaybacked or have back problems, we use what is called a "navajo pad" like this: https://greenrivertack.com/catalog/images/CL1658-2.jpg

I don't know if that will help or not. Also, use a baby pad under it to reduce rubbing and sores. :)
    05-24-2010, 09:49 PM
My Kubie is a tad sway backed, and it helps him if I place the saddle a bit farther back on his back. It keeps the saddle from digging into his loins and keeps the bridging minimal.

I would definitely look into a nice, thick, soft pad. Kubie was ridden with a single doubled navajo blanket that didn't offer much protection to his back. He seems to appreciate a bit more padding with his wool/fleece lined pad.
    05-24-2010, 09:52 PM
Get it checked out by a vet to ensure riding is ok, then get a really good saddle fitter and a custom made pad with Skito or similar.

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