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post #11 of 15 Old 05-05-2013, 12:30 AM
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Looks like a challenge. Good luck! It is the same sort of problem we have with Cowboy. I've always liked the analogy that a saddle fits a horse's back like two spoons together - there is just a place where the curves make it fit, and it will inevitably go there.

But with Cowboy, it is more like a couple of butter knives in a drawer. There just isn't anything the saddle can fit into. Just a broad but short back, hips pushing the saddle forward and nothing on the front end that screams "Stop moving forward!" It is frustrating, and it must be for Cowboy as well. The only time he bucks is when the saddle slips forward onto his should blades. The front lift Wintec pad helps, but I'd like a better solution for Cowboy's sake.

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post #12 of 15 Old 05-05-2013, 05:50 PM Thread Starter
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So sorry to hear your having the same issue as i am having! it sucks, it really does :( Ive only tried the biofit correction pad once yet and it went went didn't seem to slip forward as much but she gave me a lot of attitude when trotting and cantering, walking no problem it's her comfort zone. Anyway ill give it another shot on monday hoping for the best! She hasn't been ridden much lately so maybe that's where the attitude is coming from and the change of temperature, all the horses look very hyper and stubborn lately lol

i actually took a picture of the sweat pattern i got on my pad though, what do ya'll think? :S :S

And saddle without pad

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post #13 of 15 Old 05-05-2013, 10:50 PM
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I was really hoping once you posted pics someone might chime in and give more insight!

From what I can see your mare has a straight shoulder, so her shoulder blade(tips, where your saddle tree would interfere) when moving probably has a more up and and down movement rather than a forward and back movement that would see on a horse with a sloping, less steep angled shoulder. Also from looking at your saddle pad it is hard for me too say, but those dark round spots behind where the white is on the shoulder part is what might worry me, are those spots where the pad is not making contact or is it pressure spots? What does her sweat marks on her back look like? Dried out or hair roughed up compared to the rest of the sweat mark?
(one thing for sure the skirt style or length doesn't seem to be an issue.)

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post #14 of 15 Old 05-05-2013, 11:05 PM
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Is that a Western Rawhide? That tree with that gullet doesn't work with her high withers. An overly thick pad can cause pinching behind the shoulders and floating towards the cantle. I think you need a saddle with a barrel front which has a deeper gullet and maybe a pad that's a bit thinner.
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post #15 of 15 Old 05-06-2013, 04:23 PM Thread Starter
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i know the spots are a concern...and it's not as dirty in the middle of the pad so i believe it's bridging :( That mare never has sweat marks, i don't really work her hard enough and she's just the type of horse where it takes her A LOT to sweat, she has lots of endurance.

Yes it's a western rawhide, i love western rawhides, their like the comfiest saddles ever so i really wish to stick with this brand if i need to change saddles.
Saddlebag - do you know any saddles that has a barrel front with deeper gullet?
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