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        12-29-2009, 12:23 AM
      #11
    Weanling
    A horses back is always changing. It depends on the horse as to how drastic. Get the saddle fit checked by a professional, and also look out for problems such as shifted vertebrae that may only be bothered when a saddle is on her back.
         
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        12-29-2009, 02:12 AM
      #12
    Weanling
    She might by cinchy...

    A little brown guy I'm riding has really bad withers... there really isn't anything for the saddle to hold onto, so I have to suck him up pretty good to keep it from slipping. He doesn't like being cinched up AT ALL. So, I switched to a different cinch, a felt covered one as opposed to a neoprene, and he quit acting up.
         
        12-29-2009, 12:09 PM
      #13
    Foal
    Sounds like you and your instructor don't seem to agree. Could be lots of things--the saddle means work, the horse is cinchy, you are not riding correctly, etc. I would tend to rule out bad saddle fit and spine problems--you said that you had someone check the saddle and fit, spine problems are pretty easy to check.

    Either trust the instructor and go with what they say or find another. But for sure you need to listen and learn from whoever you are paying for the training.
         
        12-29-2009, 03:37 PM
      #14
    Green Broke
    You can fit a saddle all you like, it doesn't mean the horse will agree with even the most professional of saddlers. Proper saddle fit is based on human assumption - and are we the ones who have to wear the saddle?

    Personally, I would immediately start trying different saddles. If she's reacting the same to all of them, she's either cranky about a saddle or it's something you're doing.
         
        01-02-2010, 12:00 AM
      #15
    Yearling
    Ok the saddle was checked and it fits fine. I tend to be way more relaxed and feel soo much better bareback....I know that some of the problems under saddle are because of me as well as something else bothering her (my position does tend to be worst with a saddle)...Ive had three different people that have great judgement with saddle fitting look at the saddle and they all said it looks great on her.
         
        01-02-2010, 12:27 AM
      #16
    Started
    1. Do you ground mount or use a mounting block? (the reason I ask this is because I am not a big fan of ground mounting unless you are GOOD at it and light enough- when you ground mount you are pulling the saddle over and it can pinch or displace the "properly placed" saddle)

    2. Have you tried a Chiropractor? (please make sure you use an equine one- I would suggest asking your vet to recommend one)

    3. Are you using too many or not enough pads?

    Just some ideas
         
        01-04-2010, 09:17 PM
      #17
    Yearling
    I am having the saddle re evaluated again on wed..... and to answer kchfuller's questions.

    1. I use a mounting block, the only time I don't is when I am trail riding and one isn't present.
    2. I have not tried chiroprator work on her.....
    3. I use a pad and half pad when I ride.
         
        01-04-2010, 10:31 PM
      #18
    Started
    If you want to try a chiropractor that might be something ... I used one on my mare and it was a great help/experience and I could tell that she moves much more comfortable after. I had him out 3 times and when I will do followups every 3 or 4 months or so.

    Do you use a half pad and a thick square pad or a thin baby pad? Maybe the padding is uncomfortable for her, some horses are super sensitive ...
         
        01-04-2010, 10:40 PM
      #19
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    I agree with the recent posts, get an equine chiropractor out..that could definitely be the problem.
    And it would be good to work on being relaxed in the saddle, too.


    Good luck =)
         
        01-05-2010, 10:27 AM
      #20
    Started
    It does not have to be the current saddle fit or you - It can be something that happened before. We have a rescued mare here who was ridden by a 300 pound beginner man while she was 100+ pounds under weight with I am sure a improperly fit saddle. The end result... she's shy of the saddle and rides bad with the saddle on for anyone by myself. However bareback, she is great for anyone.

    You could be dealing with something similar. Its not always improperly fit tack.
         

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