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Do yall thisn this saddle pad works for my mom's mare? Or do you think I need something else? She is both a little swayed back and high withered.
2 months of having her
2 months of having her
Sorry they're not the best, they're the only ones I have right now
Filly, can you post the ones of her bare as well so others can see what is under the saddle and pad?
Yeah sure np!
Last months picture after worming process
Month before that during the wormig process
The blue saddle pad is actually my geldings, I'm using it on her though till her's came in and hers in the exact same one just in pink
this pad might help even out the saddle contact, and thus the weight bearing surface
Cashel Shaped Western Swayback Cushion Black Cashel | SADDLE ACCESSORIES
and this pad has that cushion inside of a woolen blanket. I think this would be very helpful in helping that mare be comfortable. She is pretty badly swayed but sure looks like a sweet lady and I am sure she is well cared for by your mom.
Cashel Western Navajo Swayback Pad
I can't help but think you are going to have saddle fit issues......not from the pad but because of her conformation and lack of weight. At the very least I would pad her up with another thin pad or nice quality saddle blanket. If that doesn't work well, maybe invest in a pad specifically for sway backed horses.
She is really going to be a candidate for saddle bridging because of her sway. I have a Mustang who isn't nearly as swayed and a saddle shop told me any saddle I put on him is going to bridge because of his back conformation. I did prove them wrong and I did find a saddle that fits great....no white hairs and a good sweat pattern but I probably went through (no exaggeration) about 10 western saddles.
Your girl has two things going on........a sway and lack of muscle/weight. So at the very least I would use a high quality pad (or two if they are thin). Wool felt is the best. And then if you have problems long-term, try a sway-back pad. They do make them for western saddles but you have to look.
If I'm not mistaken, the pad you are using is a Professional's Choice air-ride? I have a couple myself and consider them pretty thin. They are fine if your saddle fits your horse perfect, but there is really no margin for error. I usually put a wool saddle blanket underneath and the air ride on top.
Good luck with your pretty girl. :-)
You can see by the sweat pattern that there is little contact in the middle of front to back. She needs a swayback bad to help even out the pressure. You can try going along her midline toward her navel and see if she will lift her back. Some horses get annoyed at first but you can get her to lift some. This helps strengthen her topline. If you go to youtube, maybe equine massage there are videos that show you how to get the horse to lift.
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