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post #1 of 6 Old 08-01-2010, 12:20 AM Thread Starter
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Sweat patterns under the saddle...

Can someone tell me a little something about sweat patterns under a western saddle?
I know that dry spots are bad, but what about if under the saddle is completely dry over the whole back with two small sweat spots right by the where the back of the saddle is?

I'm completely confused with Lacey's "new" saddle. It appears to fit really well, perfect wither clearance, the conchos are level so it's not tipping forward or back, the back of it sits on her back perfectly without bridging or popping up, it doesn't slide around like the other saddle did, and it fits me perfectly too.
However, this whole sweat marks thing is throwing me off since according to them, my saddle might not fit at all? Lacey doesn't sweat very much so it's difficult to tell for sure (those little sweat marks were from wearing a saddle for 12 hours in 90 degree heat, if that gives you any understanding of how little she sweats, haha).

Usually she acts up a lot if the saddle doesn't fit right and she goes perfectly fine in this one so I'm hoping this sweat thing is a fluke...
What should I be looking for? I keep meaning to take pictures and post them but I keep forgetting, maybe next week.

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post #2 of 6 Old 08-01-2010, 09:05 PM
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Weird. I don't know much about western saddles, but that saddle pad suggests that the rear of the saddle is the only thing coming in contact with your horse. If she doesn't sweat much, try sprinking corn starch on her back before you saddle her. That way is the sweat doesn't show anything, the corn starch will.

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I don't go that much off sweat marks - I tend to listen to the horse more. If all the checks say it fits well and she is happy (I know she would tell you if she wasn't!) then I wouldn't be too worried.

A side note - if she has had badly fitted saddles in the past she may not sweat at all. Bundy doesn't sweat in a big area around his white patches - I assume it is nerve damage.

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What kind of saddle pad are you using with it?
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post #5 of 6 Old 08-02-2010, 12:35 AM
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Ideally, you want even sweat marks on both sides with a dry line down the middle on the spine..

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Sometimes trying to use all the advise and tips on saddle fitting, it can drive you crazy. If your saddle feels right,(bars are flat and are contacting your horse evenly without a pad, horse is not acting up at all), leave it alone.

Some saddle pads absorb minor sweat so that you don't get a clear pattern. I use a 1" 5 Star that, when it's clean, you can't see marks because the pad really absorbs the sweat. Add to that the fact that some horses don't sweat a lot as compared to other horses and you can mistakenly think you have a saddle that doesn't fit.

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