High withers - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 9 Old 01-15-2010, 06:59 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: MN
Posts: 197
• Horses: 2
High withers

Are there any drawbacks to high withers? I know the saddle tends to stay centered better but is it bad for the horse at all? Weird question I know....
RoxanneElizabeth is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 9 Old 01-15-2010, 08:49 PM
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Nevada City
Posts: 1,613
• Horses: 2
I had a thoroughbred that had high withers. The only issues we ever had with her were finding and making a saddle fit on her. Other than that, there are no other issues I've ever heard of or dealt with.
dressagebelle is offline  
post #3 of 9 Old 01-15-2010, 09:38 PM
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: MN
Posts: 719
• Horses: 2
I have never personally owned a horse with high withers but I would have to agree with a general issue would be saddle fit. Im not sure really if there would be too many health related issues.
ilovestitch is offline  
post #4 of 9 Old 01-15-2010, 09:57 PM
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Washington
Posts: 872
• Horses: 3
Hm... I really am a TB (Thoroughbred) person, so high withers are the STORY OF MY LIFE... o.o

Yes, saddle fit.
Bearback can hurt if your horse isnt buff or doesnt have lots of fat.
Blanket fitting.
Stuff along those lines. =]

You can never take a Thoroughbred away from a horse crazy girl.
eventerwannabe is offline  
post #5 of 9 Old 01-16-2010, 01:27 AM
Join Date: May 2008
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 2,266
• Horses: 1
as everyone said, saddle fit is the problem. You really need to find a saddle that is made for a high withered horse. I think that limits you a bit on saddle purchases.
sandy2u1 is offline  
post #6 of 9 Old 01-16-2010, 08:47 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: MN
Posts: 197
• Horses: 2
you are all right on about the saddle issue...tried many used saddles on him at the ranch and none fit, ended up bidding on a big horn endurance (similar to the tucker endurance he wore before), still waiting for for it to arrive to see if it a good fit!
I am glad the hear that there are no other issues that are obvious.
Thanks all!
RoxanneElizabeth is offline  
post #7 of 9 Old 01-16-2010, 07:40 PM
Join Date: May 2008
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 2,266
• Horses: 1
I hope your new saddle fits, but if not try looking on line. With a lot of company's you can send in wither tracings and they will recommend a saddle.
sandy2u1 is offline  
post #8 of 9 Old 01-16-2010, 08:07 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: alberta
Posts: 2,747
• Horses: 1
the only drawback i find on high withers is the extreme pain when riding bareback >_< haha

If there are no horses in heaven... im not going.
ridergirl23 is offline  
post #9 of 9 Old 01-16-2010, 08:14 PM
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: MB, Canada
Posts: 1,462
• Horses: 2
^haha i agree !
I rode indigo bareback and he has the high withers and a TB.. well it wasnt too bad, but trotting owwww after awhile LOL
TwisterRush is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
western saddle for high withers horse kitten_Val Horse Tack and Equipment 26 07-27-2013 01:52 AM
Keeping pad from pressing on withers shadowanne Horse Tack and Equipment 7 01-11-2010 05:09 PM
Is this saddle good for high withers blossom856 Horse Tack and Equipment 2 01-24-2009 11:37 AM
Crushed withers? danastark Horse Health 5 07-24-2008 11:01 AM
mutton withers??? sweetncute732 Horse Health 4 06-05-2008 10:09 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome