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    04-14-2013, 10:45 AM
Older horse, sliding saddle.

My horse is 15 and a little sway back. I'm having a hard time keeping his saddle from sliding down. It starts off in the right place and after loping and trotting around a bit it slides back about 4-5 inches. I tried a breast collar but it hasn't helped it just ends up super tight because the saddle still slides. Help lol
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    04-14-2013, 10:58 AM
Can you post a pic of his back with him standing square? One of his bare back and one with him saddled.
    04-14-2013, 11:31 AM
Yea I can do that, probably not til tomorrow or this evening though I just got to work lol but yes I will
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    04-19-2013, 06:59 PM
What kind of pad are you using? It sounds like his needs something with shims to lift the saddle and have it sit flat and correctly on his back. Something like the diamond wool pad may help and they are not that pricey:

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    04-21-2013, 03:53 PM
I just use a regular wool pad, nothing special. I was looking into getting a pad like this for higher withered horses, you really think that will help? I just want to be pretty sure before I spend like 40 bucks on a new pad
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    04-21-2013, 04:00 PM
I uploaded pictures but I'm on my mobile and can't copy the link. They are in my album new pony. Two bareback and one saddled. (After I rode, light-medium)
    04-21-2013, 04:04 PM
That particular diamond wool pad is roughly $115-130. My friend has it and it seems well worth the money. She uses it on her horse that is bum high, she puts the shims from the back and moves them up front and it levels out her saddle. On a sway back horse you should be just fine leaving them where they are
    04-21-2013, 04:09 PM
I looked at your pictures the saddle one is to small to tell anything (about the fit). Your horse needs to gain some weight and muscle. His back is pretty weak. Those white marks up by his wither are because of how ill the saddle is fitting (im not sure if its from you or the previous owner because you said you just go him) Personally I would try the diamond wool if you don't want to spend a bunch of money, and get some more weight on him. They are nice quality for the price. $100 bucks isn't anything if you are talking about making your horse more comfortable!
    04-21-2013, 06:37 PM
I need a pic with his head tied up if you are taking pics single handedly. In the pic with the saddle, it this after it has moved or when just saddled. When first saddling are you sure the saddle is behind the shoulder blades and not on top as this will cause the back shifting. Don't buy any pads just yet. When you tie him, try to have the top of his head about even with his withers.
    04-21-2013, 11:40 PM
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My first thought was a narrow horse and a saddle a little too wide but more pics would be nice to confirm that. I like the look of your horse, by the way.

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