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post #1 of 8 Old 10-02-2013, 03:37 PM Thread Starter
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Issues with the saddle?

I realize that this is a saddle issue, not a horse issue. I got my first horse last fall (a year ago) and a saddle for her shortly after. The trainer I had told me that it fit her fine. I think it does, but I don't have a saddle rack yet so it's a bit out of form and the wool on the bottom of the saddle is falling apart. So my horse got back pain after a ride or two and now refuses for it to be near her. I think the biggest thing is that the saddle is a little out of form since we have to store it on it's pommel. But could the wool deteriorating be a factor for her back pain? The saddle pad I have is Professional's Choice, I used to use a blanket but switched to a pad. Advice for this please? It's an easy fix to get a saddle rack, but replacing the wool/fleece is something that will have to wait until I get the money to pay for it, and I would like to ride regularly this winter; I don't want Ember to be in pain over something that should be fun for both of us. Please be nice :) Thanks.

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post #2 of 8 Old 10-02-2013, 03:59 PM
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photos of how the saddle sits on your horse would help us. get pics of the saddle by itself on your horse, and with the pad that you use.

i'm assuming it is a western saddle (you mention wool on the underside - most people call it fleece).
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post #3 of 8 Old 10-03-2013, 01:31 PM
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for a saddle rack..i have used a bucket or small barrel. A 4x4 bolted to a wall on a fourth five degree angle works good too for cheap. To reshape the saddle skirts, use warm water to soften the leather and reshape on your horse. The fleese is not a factor anymore with modern pads
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post #4 of 8 Old 10-03-2013, 05:19 PM
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If it's a western saddle then the fleece under it shouldn't matter too much, providing it's still a relatively even surface and with no major "lumps".

If the fit was assessed without a pad, then that pad could be making the saddle pinch.

Without pictures people here won't be able to give much more detailed advice.
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post #5 of 8 Old 10-03-2013, 05:30 PM
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The fleess on the under part of the saddle is there in case you don't use a saddle pad, if you use a saddle pad the antiquate fleess should not be causing any discomfort. Not having a saddle stand is not ideal but it should not deform the saddle enough to cause discomfort. When your trainer checked out the fit of your saddle to your horse was that with a blanket or a saddle pad underneath? In my opinion the saddle is obviously hurting your horse, it has nothing to do with the fleess or the absence of a saddle stand so it has to be that the saddle dies not fit your horse properly but this recent cold backed reaction could possibly be cause by someone tightening the cinch extensively. You need to stop using this saddle immediately! The continuouse use of an inadequately fitting saddle could cause continuouse fear of the saddle even after finding one that fits properly. What breed is your horse? The build of the horse can determine exactly what brand would work best for your horse. If you don't know the breed could you post a photo? Hope I helped!
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post #6 of 8 Old 10-04-2013, 09:41 AM
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As far as saddle racks go, I use substitutes for my saddles...I've got a second-hand towel rack, two saw horses, and two home-made racks. I got a length of plastic plumber's pipe, threaded strong washing line through it and suspended it from the roof in my shed. This made two hanging racks. I've also got an old sofa in the shed and use its backrest to put saddles on temporarily.

If your horse is in pain, could you get a chiropractor in as well as a saddle fitting expert? Until the pain and its cause/s are assessed and remedied, it would be a very bad idea to ride this horse.

Hope this helps. I'm sorry you're going through it.
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post #7 of 8 Old 10-05-2013, 05:36 AM
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Hi, agree with all of the above, and just because someone checked the saddle on him a year ago doesn't mean it still fits a few months later, let alone a year later, assuming it did in the first place. Your horse may have put on or lost weight or muscle, so it's a good idea to check saddles for fit at least 6 monthly. There are many good sites to learn more about saddle fitting.
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In my experience, any horse that looks at you bringing the saddle towards him or her and moves away has an ill-fitting saddle, and it's usually pretty serious to provoke that level of reaction.

Like others, I'd be dubious a degraded wool lining would be the culprit, but without pictures it's difficult to tell. Plus I don't fit Western saddles so don't normally comment on them, but you get similar reactions from horses wearing poorly fitting English saddles.

Best of luck sorting out the problem.

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