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Faustinblack 12-03-2013 08:01 PM

horse confirmation question
Im looking at saddles and I think ive found one, but I have a question. What is the apex of a horse's back?

Faustinblack 12-03-2013 08:03 PM

The description says its good for an apex shaped back.

phantomhorse13 12-03-2013 08:15 PM


Originally Posted by Faustinblack (Post 4230441)
The description says its good for an apex shaped back.

As far as I know, the "apex" is the top of something.. so no idea how that applies to a back shape. :shock:

Is there someone you can contact from the saddle site and ask? I would be interested in hearing the answer.

Faustinblack 12-03-2013 08:23 PM

Thorowgood T4 High Wither GP Saddle

this is the link for the saddle. Dover is a dealer for them, I'm going to see if they can special order it.
Im riding in a specialized right now, but its not mine. And I dont know how long I will have it. Im hoping to have it until after my first ride in February.

Yogiwick 12-04-2013 12:40 AM

I assume (haven't heard that term for a horse before) that it means a horse like this:

with a bony spine (more of a TB build, or sadly an emaciated horse (which you shouldn't be riding)
as opposed to this:

Some horses have a spine that stands out even in good weight/decent muscled topline.

(Side note... I googled "draft horse back" and got multiple draft horses, with cats on their backs..guess it makes the point though!)

greentree 12-04-2013 08:15 AM

I think Yogiwick is onto something....I have to say I used to have a Thorowgood dressage saddle, and I really liked it. It was far from new when I got it, and I used it a couple of years, and sold it. It fit my Arabians (mine are narrow-shouldered, big-barreled mares, so saddles go forward....) and I probably should not have sold it!

I have a Paint with an "apex" back, apparently!!


Faustinblack 12-04-2013 03:09 PM

The issue with my boy Rikki is he had high narrow withers and the area behind his shoulders is hollowed a bit, combine that with a curved short arabian back. Almost all saddles bridge really bad
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Faustinblack 12-04-2013 03:20 PM

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The angle on this pic sucks, but you can still see how curved his back is. He is not sway backed from being ridden, he is only five and a half and I broke him right before he turned five

Yogiwick 12-05-2013 01:00 AM

The pic won't show up for some reason. Is his back (behind his withers) smooth? or still a little ridged? I think that is what they are using the term apex for, since pretty much any horse will have some sort of an "apex" at the withers. Maybe a cut back saddle?? Have you considered an Australian saddle? Have no clue, just a thought :) You may need special padding

Faustinblack 12-05-2013 05:36 PM

A link for the pic shows up on my phone but not my tablet. Weird.
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