Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
Yeah - the tree in the saddle you are currently borrowing, appears to be too strait.......I do not like how the back of the panels are digging into his back. But it could be how the picture is - hard to decipher unless someone is there in person who knows what to look for. I am going to assume that the saddle that you are using - is bridging on him because of how arched his back is and how strait that tree is. You're not doing him any favors with that saddle. Can you use your saddle, the one you have up for sale? That tree might be more accomodating for his back at this point in time.
I am going to say, yeah - that the Wintec 500 CC's tree will work for his back, because it is arched. A Strait tree is a no no in my opinion for this fellow, but again, I am just going by pictures. Not the same as seeing in person.
And the hollows behind his withers, is from ill saddle fit in the past. Nelson has those too, from having to wide of saddles on his back with a 1/2 pad to fill in - so over time, the saddle presses on the muscles, not permitting them to breath or fill in - so the muscles are concaved, instead of formed and filled in.
Sucks - you have to do A LOT of long and low work, getting him to lift his back and stretch. And do a lot of ground exercises - carrot stretches. Butt tucks, tummy lifts and etc, etc.
It's going to take a long time to fix it, with a lot of hard work.