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post #1 of 5 Old 07-22-2008, 09:12 AM Thread Starter
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Western Saddle on TB

Looking for some western saddle help here. I recently hurt my knee and can only ride in my western saddle at the moment. But needless to say it's a bit too wide for my TB. I'm using a 1" wool felt pad but need to get it up off his withers a bit more. Is there any such thing as a front riser just to lift to front up a bit? I know it's always better to have a properly fitted saddle rather than to add padding but right now funds are tight and it's darned near impossible to find a western saddle to fit a TB.
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post #2 of 5 Old 07-22-2008, 09:54 AM
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A quick TEMPORARY fix I've used...and not for hard core riding, but you aren't likely to be doing much hard core with a bum knee...

I'll take a saddle blanket (like a thin navajo type) and place it OVER the usual pad, but folded over where there is a couple of layers over the wither area, and maybe one unfolded layer that extends a little further back. Just get creative in the folds and try to have them taper off like stairs instead of it all balled up in one spot..towards the back, so there's none at the loin area, but a single layer mid-back..two layers closer to the withers and the most at his thinnest spot, of course. It works fine on my hubby's swaybacked horse if we forget his special pad. Just for walking/trotting a little.

Like I said, is only temporary fix, and you have to do it on top of the pad or the creases could cause little pressure points on his skin..but on top of the pad should be fine, with the folds sitting on top of the thinner layers. Make sense?
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post #3 of 5 Old 07-22-2008, 10:07 AM Thread Starter
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Ahhh...that sounds like a perfect solution! As primarily an english rider, I'd have never thought of that.
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post #4 of 5 Old 07-22-2008, 01:05 PM
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Remember to pull that pad up into the gullet - FRONT AND BACK. The LAST thing you want the "fold" to be doing is pulling across the wither, and more importantly across the spine, under where your seat will be. That's like running in a sock with a big wrinkle under the ball of your foot. Otherwise, look for western saddle pads with a built up front. They do make them.
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post #5 of 5 Old 07-23-2008, 06:43 AM
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Is your western saddle a wide tree? Most regual tree ( semi quarter horse bars) fit a TB well. Do you have a western riding friend who could loan or trade ya for a spell?

My TB loves hers - she's much slower and more comfy in her western saddle.
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