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        04-22-2013, 04:38 PM
    Originally Posted by Casey02    
    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!

    Poor fitting saddle marks are from previous owner, I've only had him a week or so and am working on putting some weight on him already and toning up. I'll have to look into that pad I think
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        04-22-2013, 11:32 PM
    Ok, great I just thought I would ask. Good for you. I think he will look great once his is filled out more. Your saddle might possible fit him once he does!
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        05-01-2013, 06:17 PM
    Originally Posted by Casey02    
    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:

    they actually have this pad at the local tack shop where im at right now, for only like 34 bucks. Im going to get it here in the next week or so before summer. He's also been putting on weight pretty steadily now, still want to add a handful more pounds but looks better than before!
        05-01-2013, 06:27 PM
    That's great to hear! I hope the pad will help some, and $34 bucks?! You better grab 3 of them! That's so cheap lol
        05-01-2013, 06:36 PM
    Yeah only 34 bucks, that's cheaper than my normal, nothing fancy pad!! Shoot, if I wasnt a broke college student I sure would buy more than one haha. Thanks again!
        05-01-2013, 06:40 PM
    No problem! Good luck!
        05-01-2013, 07:00 PM
    Are you certain you're not placing the saddle on his shoulder blades? This will cause the saddle move back. Find the edge of his shouldblade and place two fingers there against the edge. The is close to where the front concho should be. It indicates the front edge of the bar. When you place the saddle on, go up his withers a little then rock it side to side. It will move back until you can barely get it to move. Check that it's not on his shoulder blades (scapula). It shouldn't be. Now make sure you have two fingers of clearance after you've tightened the cinch. That's two fingers held sideways, one atop the other.
        05-01-2013, 07:03 PM
    That could be too saddlebags, but if the horse has sway back I would still recommend a built up pad. But yes alottabitofcountry, if the saddle is up to far it will rock back on its own, to the correct position.
        05-01-2013, 10:48 PM

    Now that im on my laptop and can actually copy the link, here is a picture of how I saddle him
        05-01-2013, 10:49 PM

    And this picture does the most justice on his wither height and back sway

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