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post #1 of 9 Old 01-27-2011, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
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Which western saddle pad?

Ok, so I found a new pad that I really like, but I'm getting in the the lime/black/creme color but I was wondering what is the difference between the two? With the part with the withers split does your horse move better with it? Gizmo has pretty high and wide withers, they are weird, so do you think it would be better to get one with the split or without?

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And here is a picture of Gizmo's withers. And both pictures are pretty awful of him, lol. But they show his withers pretty good.
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post #2 of 9 Old 01-27-2011, 08:16 PM
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I am certainly no expert, but I do know that if it is too tight on his withers it will bother him. That said, I would go with the cutback one that provides a place for this withers. Of these two, that would be my choice.

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Gizmo, are looking for one for your new english saddle or western one? If for western I like the blue one BUT depends on your saddle (and your horse's withers are not very high IMHO ). For english saddle it's not a good idea at all.
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How much room do you have under the front of the saddle? If it's not much I would choose the cutback one. Also, using the cutback one, it might not rub or pull on the mane as much and sit flatter on the back.
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Oh no I'm still looking for my english one too. But I have been looking for a new western one as well because the one I have is very thin and I don't think its giving his back any support or anything. So I wouldn't use a western saddle pad for an english saddle,lol. I posted a saddle pad for my english one in the other post though! If you want to give me tips on that one :)

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Oh, OK. I wasn't positive because you had that "english saddle" thread here.

Can you post pics of the horse WITH the saddle on? It'll be easier to tell if you need cut-back or not.
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post #7 of 9 Old 01-27-2011, 08:32 PM Thread Starter
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Here are a couple that kinda show it. Sorry they are the only ones that I have. Its hard to get someone out to take pictures of us.
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If you get the cutback, you need to keep a close eye on it to make sure it doesn't shift during your ride. I have seen quite a few horses get nasty sores because their riders didn't check the cutback pad and it ended up rubbing wrong. Just because of that, I won't use one without a thin felt pad underneath it.

In all honesty, your saddle looks like it is way too wide for him .

EDIT: Oh, wait. Is that just a thin blanket that you have under there? If so, then I would go with the standard and not worry about the cutback. Once you get some more filler between his back and the bars, then it will pick the gullet up much farther off his withers and you won't have to worry about it.

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If you get the cutback, you need to keep a close eye on it to make sure it doesn't shift during your ride. I have seen quite a few horses get nasty sores because their riders didn't check the cutback pad and it ended up rubbing wrong. Just because of that, I won't use one without a thin felt pad underneath it.

In all honesty, your saddle looks like it is way too wide for him .

EDIT: Oh, wait. Is that just a thin blanket that you have under there? If so, then I would go with the standard and not worry about the cutback. Once you get some more filler between his back and the bars, then it will pick the gullet up much farther off his withers and you won't have to worry about it.
Yeah that is a really thin saddle pad. When I test rode him she was really happy with the fit of my saddle on him, but she had a thick feece pad. So that is why I am wanting something thicker too, because then his saddle will fit a little bit better. :)

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