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post #1 of 2 Old 10-21-2013, 04:56 PM Thread Starter
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saddle pad test

I have a new horse I'm trying to find a saddle for.

I put a new clean pad under a semi quarter horse saddle and rode for about a half hour. Afterward where the saddle was sitting is clean and white, the rest of the pad is horse dusty.

Does this mean it's a good fit without a lot of movement? Or it's too tight so he wasn't sweating? When I feel under the saddle I feel contact along the whole underside of the saddle, no contact on spine, but I feel it may be too tight behind the shoulder.

Also, he does not want to move forward freely. Needs lots of nudging. Wants to back up. Is that a sign of shoulder pinching?


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post #2 of 2 Old 10-21-2013, 05:15 PM
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As far as behaviour it's a change that you're looking for. Did he not want to move freely before? Did he want to back up? If it's a new behaviour then it could likely be saddle related.

I don't know about the saddle pad - I just look for evenness. Dry is fine if it's all dry, sweat is fine if it's all sweaty.
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