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BoldComic 04-23-2013 11:27 AM

Saddle making tender spots
I've been riding in this saddle for years but if I ride for very long it makes Comics back tender. Right were the pads contact his back along each side of his spine. When I take his saddle off his sweat pattern is on either side of his wither then a football size spot on either side of his spine towards the back of the saddle. Can I get a better fit from this saddle? Do I need to have it adjusted or do the pads on the saddle need work? I've heard it's supposed to be self adjusting since it's got the big horse hair pads under it but...

Here's some pics of the saddle. I don't have any of it on him but I can take some at the end of the week.
I was hoping to get into endurance a little bit and this saddle is super light weight. But if I can't get it to fit right I'll be saddle shopping anyway.

Delfina 04-23-2013 11:47 AM

If it's making tender spots, it doesn't fit and continued use could cause permanent problems.

You need to get a saddle fitter out. They'll be able to tell you why that saddle isn't fitting correctly, if the saddle can be adjusted or not and if not, they can fit you into a new saddle that fits you and your horse correctly.

I love my saddle fitter. For $70 she comes out and tries saddles on and then lets you trial dozens of saddles a few at a time until you are satisfied. Then she comes back out and makes sure it's an absolute perfect fit. I think she made a half dozen or so trips out to fit my finicky, difficult horse.... so worth the $70 since my horse will throw a hellatious tantrum if the saddle is not a perfect fit.

ReneeM 04-23-2013 06:01 PM

Hi :)
Could you please take a photo of the panels underneath the saddle so I can see what they are like?
Also, do you think the problem could be that the panels are resting too close to his spine not out a little further on the muscles of his back?
I'm a saddle maker from Australia, I make western saddles and half breeds which are similar to this with knee pads and padded seat for extra security but I make them on on Western bars that have larger surface area so they distribute the weight evenly over your horses, also because of the larger area the amount of pressure per square inch is much less than a saddle with stuffed panels making them much better for endurance and long trail rides, I can't attach a photo to this message otherwise I would show you one of my saddles so you'd see what I mean :)

BoldComic 04-23-2013 06:06 PM

I'll take a pic of the underside this evening. I also emailed the maker of this saddle to see what his thoughts were on the fit.

trailhorserider 04-23-2013 07:30 PM

Could be bridging?

Chevaux 04-23-2013 09:56 PM

subbing for pictures and other valuable insight.

BoldComic 04-23-2013 10:46 PM

I have hubby heading down to the barn on his way in from work. He'll take pics of the underside of my saddle. I'll post them this evening. On Friday he'll put it on Comic for me and take more pics.

BoldComic 04-26-2013 10:08 AM

Here is a pic (finally) of the underside of my saddle. I'll get pics of it on him by the first of next week unless hubby wants to do it for me this weekend.

Palomine 04-26-2013 04:10 PM

I'd be thinking something broken in saddle.

If you look at underside, you will see a wrinkle of the offside.

As picture is, look at the left right where skirts go down, see those wrinkles? Something is wrong.

Also, looking at angles of saddle, front part of the underside? There is a difference in how each side is curved, compared to the other side.

BoldComic 04-26-2013 04:18 PM

I see what you are talking about. I'll take a look when I get home. However, the sweat pattern is even and it makes him sore on his back on both sides where the pads rest. I would think if whatever is up with the front was my only problem then it would make him more sore on one side than the other or the sweat pattern would be uneven... Any thoughts?

So looking at the picture... It looks like, fitting correctly, the pads would lay against his body evenly all the way from the front to the back, making contact all the way down. From his sweat pattern it is making contact up by the shoulder then towards the back. Is this the "bridging" that trailhorserider mentioned a couple of posts above? I'll see if I can edit a photo to highlight where is seems to be making contact.

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