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post #1 of 6 Old 12-19-2013, 01:44 AM Thread Starter
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Mutton withers?

Can someone explain to me what that is?
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Flat withers. Good withers should stick up a little bit because it is what holds your saddle from rolling off. A flat or mutton withered horse runs the risk of having your saddle just slide sideways.

For example, we have this fat munchkin:


Basically her back goes right into her neck without much for withers. It looks like there's something there, but it's so wide that her withers are pretty flat.
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Flat withers. Good withers should stick up a little bit because it is what holds your saddle from rolling off. A flat or mutton withered horse runs the risk of having your saddle just slide sideways.

For example, we have this fat munchkin:


Basically her back goes right into her neck without much for withers. It looks like there's something there, but it's so wide that her withers are pretty flat.
What a cute little butterball

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Yes that sure is a cute little butterball and a better example of mutton withers than I was going to post.
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When you have to have a crupper AND a breast collar to try to keep your saddle from sliding all over the place you may have a mutton withered horse. When your trainer gets on your horse and says, "Holy moly, this horse doesn't have withers, he's got shoulders like a frickin' bull!", you can be pretty sure you have a mutton withered horse.


She's not this fat anymore but she's a good example of mutton withers.



This is the guy the trainer made the bull shoulder comment about. If I forgot his breast collar it was guaranteed that I would end up in the dirt before the day was out because his saddle would just ROLL.

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Haha, okay thanks guys! And gorgeous horses!
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