Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Western Pennsylvania
I have a time finding a saddle with a wider back but slightly thinner shoulders with high withers on my mare. My FQHB saddle fits aside from her shoulders. It doesn't create pressure points, but the gullet just barely sits too low on her shoulders (but needs the width farther back on her, so I can't just go with a SQHB like you'd think). So, I got a saddle pad with the wither cutout and she's doing much better and no more of the pad rubbing saddle sores on her withers (couldn't figure it out for a bit because it didn't hit her withers until I sat in it and it forced the pad onto her withers). I can't afford a custom made saddle for her (or I definitely would, lol), so I tried to fix the one problem with a pad, and it's worked so far. Even sweat patterns and no soreness aside from her needing a chiro currently (not riding).
So I'd see if it could be fixed by a pad if it's just her withers that are the issue, and if not..then a new saddle. I can easily sell a nice pad for almost the same amount I got it for if it doesn't work out, a saddle doesn't seem to be as easy to sell for the same price very quickly..I also have nowhere very close that will let a saddle be taken to fit and no trailer to take the horse there.
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