Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
I would strongly suggest that you have someone who knows horses come over and show you how the saddle is supposed to be placed and how to cinch it up correctly. They should also know what to look for in saddle fit.
It seems like you are putting your horse in distress and that could easily be the root of any of her problems. Not only should a horse never "squeal", the cinch should never be tighten all at once. It should be done in at least 3 stages. The rule of thumb is 2 fingers between the horse and the cinch but some horses need more and some can use less. The cinch is there to keep the saddle from slipping or falling off. If your horse has a good set of withers and you are using a good pad, it will stay in place with less tightening then a mutton withered horse and a poor saddle pad.
I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.
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