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        06-06-2013, 10:54 PM
    Originally Posted by smrobs    
    Hmm, with the dry spots being there, I wonder maybe if the angle of the bars might have been too steep for her where the tops of the bars weren't making any contact so that the bottoms were where all the pressure was.
    Seems likely to me.
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        06-07-2013, 04:47 PM
    Bareback, now I see why you've had trouble fitting this horse and why it looked like there was not enough whither's clearance. This horse doesn't have any whithers and is really, really mutton backed. If he had normal whither's their would not have been enough whither's clearance. Very hard back to fit.

    A lot of fat just below the whither's, you'll need to watch the dark spot. The more you ride him and the more that fat leaves that area, you may again have a bad spot. Be an excellent idea to take a lot of weight off of this horse. The more fat you have under the weight bearing area of the saddle bars the more it will tend to shift in ways you don't want. And your caught in a catch 22 situation. Good idea to ride with a very loose girth, but on this horse, you'd have a tough time keeping the saddle on with a loose girth. Once you get rid of the fat, then you'll be able to get saddle fitting that won't be changing as the fat redistributes itself.

    If this saddle doesn't work out, you may want to look at having a custom, flex panel, saddle made. But, not until the excessive fat on the back is gone.
        06-07-2013, 06:47 PM
    Bob, thanks for the input, but I'm really not sure what you are seeing. I asked the vet about her while she was examining her, and she said her weight was great, and that she has nice withers. I asked her about the dry spots, and she said she really didn't know, because Nibbles' conformation was very, very good. Here is another picture that shows her withers a little better. I certainly don't have any trouble keeping a saddle on - I barely need to cinch it at all, and don't have any trouble with it slipping, either sideways or forward or back going up and down hills. I have ridden several times with the new Wade, and no dry spots at all -no movement and it fits great. I believe the other saddles had too narrow of a tree.
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        06-08-2013, 12:15 AM
    CC, I wonder if maybe Bob just isn't used to looking at stock horses...

    Those withers and that build is pretty typical for a well built stock horse. She's not mutton withered, but she doesn't have a sharkfin either. Plus, she's got good muscle mass. For her to be in "perfect" condition, I'd probably want to see her a bit more fit, but she's a long way from being fat.
        06-08-2013, 06:59 PM
    I think maybe that's the problem. I know when comparing Quarter Horses to gaited horses, Bob's observations are understandable. I did take some pictures today of the saddle without a blanket - I checked her back after riding for a couple of hours, and there were no dry spots or sore spots, so I am convinced the saddle fits well. The pictures aren't the best - she's a big girl, and I'm short, but I did the best I could. I didn't get one going down the middle of the saddle, but there is at least an inch clearance all the way down her spine. The skirt in back keeps it from being seen from the back. STILL LOVE the saddle!!!!!!!!!
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        06-08-2013, 07:06 PM
    AND SMROBS, my daughter just got an arena and Nibbled FINALLY turned 3, so hopefully I can work her enough to put a little muscle mass on her. Will SHE be shocked! She thought being fed apples and groomed, being hand grazed, and going for an occasional short trail ride was all there was to life! LOL
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        06-08-2013, 07:20 PM
    Green Broke
    I think your saddle fits good. And if its not leaving roughed up hair, dry spots or protesting because it hurts her then for sure it's a keeper :)
    I think she's built nice and sometimes young horses can be hard to fit because they haven't been worked enough to develop their muscles. I think you'll be surprised how much a horses back changes with regular work.
        06-08-2013, 07:25 PM
    OH NO! LOL DOES THAT MEAN ANOTHER SADDLE SEARCH???? LOL I knew there was a chance I would have to change saddles later as she is still so young, but I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.
        06-08-2013, 07:34 PM
    She probably has a lot of growing to do still. She is a nice horse.
        06-08-2013, 07:45 PM
    Green Broke
    LOL! I didn't mean it as a bad thing really. You may have to find a different saddle but just in my experience they get easy to fit.

    I rode a mare that was started as a three year old, rode off and on then turned out for a couple of years because no one liked riding her. She got cut to me and I used my old saddle on her and fit her well but she lacked muscling. After a few months of being in the mountains and devolping good muscling the saddle just fit her even better :)
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