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    04-20-2009, 02:52 PM
  #1
Yearling
Help with my Western Saddles...?

I recently took a closer look at the fit of the saddles I'm using on Tanner and Magic and discovered that it's actually hitting them right on the spine in two places -- the withers and just before the point of the hips. Both my saddles are wide tree -- they're Ruby and 2-Pak's saddles, really -- and I'm only using them on Tanner and Magic temporarily until I can buy them their own saddles. Other than where they're hitting the spine, the saddles fit fine. Is there anything I can do to help these saddles fit better until I can get new ones? Also, what should I look for in a new saddle, so that this doesn't happen again? (I'm looking to get barrel saddles for them, by the way.)
I'll try to get pictures of their backs and how the saddles are fitting when I can, if that'll help.

For now, this is the best picture I have of them:
     
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    04-20-2009, 10:01 PM
  #2
Weanling
Is it really bothering them? Maybe show us a picture of the saddle alone too. That'd help. Maybe the saddle is too wide and too big.
     
    04-20-2009, 11:21 PM
  #3
Yearling
Well, it's bothering Magic more than Tanner... she pins her ears and acts like she'll bit when I cinch her up. I initially thought it was just her being bitchy, since the previous owners hadn't ridden them for five years and I obviously had no prior knowledge of how she acted while being saddled. At one point I felt down her back for sore spots, just to make sure, and didn't find anything. What made me check is the fact that she's still being 'bitchy' even after all the work I've put into her since, and the only time she acts out is when under saddle.
I wouldn't say anything is physically wrong with the saddles -- I still use them on Ruby and 2-Pak without issue, and I've had them long enough to know how they act under an ill-fitting saddle.
But I'll try to get those pictures tommorow sometime.
     
    04-21-2009, 12:39 AM
  #4
Yearling
If it helps, the saddles are both American Saddlery:
The High Point -
http://store.americansaddlery.com/sh...al/1534low.jpg
Tree: 15" Ralide®, Swell 12 1/2", Gullet width 6 1/2", Semi-quarter horse bars; Weight: Approximately 32 lbs.; Horn: Height 2 3/4", Diameter 2 3/4", Leather covered; Cantle Height: 3"; Skirt Length: 25"; Skirt Width: 12"; Stirrup Leathers: 2 1/2" with quick change buckles; Stirrups: Leather-covered Visalia®; Rigging: In-skirt stainless steel C rigging in 7/8 position.

Trails Together -
http://store.americansaddlery.com/sh...al/1465low.jpg
Tree: Round Front Competitor, Gullet Width: 6 1/4", Quarter horse bars; Horn: Height: 3 1/2", Diameter: 2 1/4"; Cantle Height: 4" on 13", 5" on 14"-17"; Skirt Length: 25"; Skirt Width: 12"; Stirrups Leathers: 2" hand-laced leather-covered contest with double tongue roller buckles; Rigging: Stainless steel D rigging in 7/8 position.

So I don't know if that helps at all, but I'll try to remember to take my camera out and get some shots of my saddles and the mares' backs.
     
    04-21-2009, 01:35 AM
  #5
Showing
She could be just being girthy too. Does she continue the bad behavior after you start the ride?
     
    04-21-2009, 01:48 AM
  #6
Yearling
They don't really pin their ears or try to bite during the ride, but they'll go so far and stop, and decide that they won't go any further. They'll get to a point where they'll just refuse everything I ask.
Thing is, the underside of the swell is literally smashing down on their withers, so I don't think it's them being sensitive to the girth.
     
    04-21-2009, 07:59 PM
  #7
Showing
If that's the case, then the bars are way too wide for them and I would suggest looking for a different saddle.
     
    04-21-2009, 08:07 PM
  #8
Yearling
Quote:
Originally Posted by smrobs    
If that's the case, then the bars are way too wide for them and I would suggest looking for a different saddle.
Well, now that I've looked up the saddles themselves, I realized one was narrower (I thought they were both wide), and I've switched the saddles between the two mares before. The narrower one does seem to fit a tiny bit better, but the underside of the swell still rubs their withers.
At any rate, I am looking for different saddles, but I've yet to find ones that work out yet. Until I find them, is there a quick, temporary fix I can make?
     
    04-21-2009, 08:30 PM
  #9
Weanling
Use a bigger saddle pad for now, it should make it fit higher off their backs. That could be the quick fix for now. Or some padding over the withers to keep it from hitting them directly.
Maybe only put the saddles on when you need too. Would you be able to ride bareback to help them out for now?

Looks like you're have to get farely skinny saddles to fit them.
     
    04-21-2009, 11:47 PM
  #10
Yearling
Well, I'm sort of re-breaking them, at the moment -- they were never used as trail horses before, and that's where I primarily ride. So I'd be much happier in a saddle than bareback when they spook. ^_^; But thanks, I will try a thicker pad... I think I have one lying about I can try.
I'm heading off to an auction at the end of next week, and hopefully I'll find a couple barrel saddles that should work. I'm getting tired of readjusting everything on the saddles. Haha
     

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