Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
The white hairs indicate a saddle that is too tight not too loose so extra padding will make the problem worse unless the white hairs are on top of his withers.
Pictures will help but if you have a saddle fitter coming out then he/she will be able to see first hand and make some good recommendations. If SQH bars are hitting the top of his withers, then a build-up pad may help correct the problem. Going to a more narrow saddle may be OK for his withers but you need to consider the rest of his back as well and a saddle that is perfect in the gullet may be too steep an angle for his back.
What has always worked for me is an "A" fork saddle. It has a high gullet that makes fitting much easier. If I have a horse with narrow withers but a strong back, I fit for the back and use a pad for the withers - either build-up or one with pocket for shims to correct bridging.
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