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post #1 of 6 Old 04-30-2013, 07:21 PM Thread Starter
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Wondering if it could be my saddle?

Just recently my horse has been trying to kick me while mounting and when I finally get that ironed out he seems miserable when we trot. Before that we had been having amazing rides with no problems at all. I am just wondering if it could be my saddle and he is saying this hurts. When I pull off his western saddle there is only sweat marks on the bottom half of wear the saddle sits, the top half is completely dry. Is this a sign my saddle is not fitting?
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Very possibly.


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It means the back of the saddle is making contact and the front is not..
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^^ I disagree. If the bottom half ALL THE WAY ALONG (which is how I read it) has sweat marks and not the top (along the spine), that would not tell me it is a front to back issue. Front to back would be rocking, or tilting. This sounds even along the length of the saddle. I would suggest a chiro visit at the very least for your horse.
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Whatever the case is, the sweat marks should be pretty even, especially where the tree sits on the back. If that area is dry & you have sweat marks elsewhere, it is too much pressure on the crucial part where the saddle sits. It is cutting off circulation and not allowing the horse to even sweat in that area.
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Just recently my horse has been trying to kick me while mounting and when I finally get that ironed out he seems miserable when we trot. Before that we had been having amazing rides with no problems at all. I am just wondering if it could be my saddle and he is saying this hurts. When I pull off his western saddle there is only sweat marks on the bottom half of wear the saddle sits, the top half is completely dry. Is this a sign my saddle is not fitting?
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^^ I disagree. If the bottom half ALL THE WAY ALONG (which is how I read it) has sweat marks and not the top (along the spine), that would not tell me it is a front to back issue. Front to back would be rocking, or tilting. This sounds even along the length of the saddle. I would suggest a chiro visit at the very least for your horse.

Sorry to seem so argumentative today yall-- or maybe its not me after all..

I was thinkin the saddle was too small for the OP? Saddle could be up too far on the withers?



Can you do us the pleasure of showing pictures of the sweat marks and the fit of the saddle with out pads then with please?
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