Oh, this looks like a very nice pad too: Performance Wool Contour Pad By Mayatex - Weatherbeeta - Shop by Brand
Not much track record on that one though.....as far as reviews or anything. But I love Mayatex's blankets.
As for Zane, I don't have a pictures of his back per say, but I do have these ones below. These were taken the day after his birthday, July 14th. The white spot is on his right saddle pocket area, behind his shoulder. It doesn't even show in these photos....it is a brand new development. Maybe because this is the time of year hair starts to grow in for winter?
At any rate, it has only showed up over the past couple of weeks. He gets ridden about twice a week for about 4 hours at a time (sometimes a lot less, but his longest rides have been 4 to 4.5 hours).
What's good about it I guess is that I have never felt or seen any type of swelling in that area. It's just that there is a tiny spot of hair coming in white. Similar to the spots on his rump, only whiter.
I am going to sound like a bad owner saying this, but my vet passed away last fall and I have yet to find a replacement. Or I have yet to need a replacement I guess I should say. I gave vaccines myself this past spring. I am also my own farrier.....I took farrier science years ago and have been doing the barefoot thing for about 7 years. I trim them myself.
I have a gut feeling he should be padded up, but I hate to commit to a lifetime of pads on one foot. Especially while he is still growing. I don't want to protect that foot from growing and developing properly. There is about a 1 1/4" limb disparity on that side. You can kind of see the hip drop in the photo from behind.
He has a nice back for holding a saddle. Adequate withers and a medium width A-shape behind the withers for the saddle. He's not as narrow A-shaped as his mom (a Fox Trotter) and he isn't round like a barrel like some Quarter Horses are. He's a nice mix of both breeds in that regard. Although I bet as he gets older he will get wider!