Originally Posted by Enfocore
He has high withers and his saddle fits forward, but I have a thicker pad that I use and it sits good with that, were he is 4 would he be getting new teeth or anything? He is just getting started with his training so he is very green ..
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Get your saddle fitted, yesterday!! A thick pad does NOT compensate for an ill fitting saddle, if it is pressure down on his wither, that is a very good excuse for him to not go forward.
Think of it this way - you have a pair of new shoes on that are a size too small. You're walking around and they're giving you blisters. Would you put a pair of thick socks on to compensate? No, you wouldn't because the socks will make the shoes even tighter. Same deal with a saddle.
At 4, yes he could have teeth coming through - get them checked! He should be having a check up every 6 months until he is 6-7 years old at least. My Dressage horse has just turned 11, and gets his teeth done every 6 months. If I expect him to carry a bit, then I want to make sure that his teeth are in good shape.