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  • My saddle is to wide for my barrel horse
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    06-30-2009, 09:55 PM
  #1
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My barrel saddle

This pic(the saddle is not mine just an example) shows where the saddle is resting on his wither. Should I put two or three pads on him so it dosnt hurt, I am def. Niot selling my saddle my mom and dad payed $1,500 for it.
(the pink arrow shows where it is rasting on him.

     
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    06-30-2009, 10:27 PM
  #2
Trained
GET THAT SADDLE OFF HIM IF IT IS SITTING ON HIS WITHER.

Saddle pads will make it WORSE. They will simply make the saddle pinch his wither tighter, causing more pain and discomfort. You may be able to HELP the situation using a specially designed riser pad, but you cannot fix saddle fit with saddle pads.

A saddle sittong ON a horses wither WILL hurt the horse, it WILL make them uncomfortable, it WILL cause long term nerve damage.

My horse's back is almost crippled due to an ill-fitting saddle in the past, and it was nowhere near the wither. PLEASE think fo yoru horse in this matter...

If you saddle is worth that much, why don't you sell it for that and buy another one, just as nice, that fits your horse?

You are never going to get your horse performing to his best in an ill fitting saddle. He will be in pain. You can get him chiro'd, vetted, whatever, but while you still use an ill-fitting saddle, the problems won't go away.

I daresay this is a part of, if not the main reason, for Rowdy's head carriage.

Please,please,please, don't ride your horse in an ill-fitting saddle for vanity or money reasons. It is not fair on him to be in pain and possibly crippled like my horse was because you paid a lot for the saddle. You should have checked fit before buying any saddle, let alone an expensive one.
     
    06-30-2009, 10:34 PM
  #3
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Tahnk you soooooo mych for telling that. The saddle was for my old horse that is now gone.
     
    06-30-2009, 10:35 PM
  #4
Started
Oh wow. That saddle is NOT safe on your horse. It is WAAYYY too wide for you horse, and while pads may help a little, I am quite certain that you will regret putting that saddle on him in the future. It may cause MAJOR back problems, and could even make it to where you couldn't ride him anymore.
     
    06-30-2009, 10:35 PM
  #5
Foal
Please do not use more pads. It will not work. You cannot make a saddle fit right by using more padding. I can't believe it sits on your horses back like that. He will become more and more intolerant the longer you use that saddle on him. And you can cause sever nerve damage..Let us know what you decide to do....
     
    06-30-2009, 10:41 PM
  #6
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Oh god thank you al sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much for letting me know. I am soooooo happy that I putt this thread on here. I have another barrel saddle Which is my other horses, but I will see if it fits rowdy. Of I will just look for a cheap saddle,(even if its crappy, Just oe that will fit him)
     
    06-30-2009, 10:46 PM
  #7
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Originally Posted by morganshow11    
Oh god thank you al sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much for letting me know. I am soooooo happy that I putt this thread on here. I have another barrel saddle Which is my other horses, but I will see if it fits rowdy. Of I will just look for a cheap saddle,(even if its crappy, Just oe that will fit him)
That is not the smartest idea either. I learned this lesson the hard way. On cheap saddles, the tree can fall right apart. However, if you are keeping the budget low, try looking at a brand called Abetta or Wintec. OR, you could do what I did, and look on craigslist and buy an older used saddle that is a good name brand.
     
    06-30-2009, 10:47 PM
  #8
Trained
Glad to hear it. A crappy saddle that fits your horse is 100X better than an expensive saddle that doesn't.
     
    06-30-2009, 10:49 PM
  #9
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Originally Posted by Tennessee    
That is not the smartest idea either. I learned this lesson the hard way. On cheap saddles, the tree can fall right apart. However, if you are keeping the budget low, try looking at a brand called Abetta or Wintec. OR, you could do what I did, and look on craigslist and buy an older used saddle that is a good name brand.
Yeah I think I will do that, thank you. If you know of anyone selling one(not expensive) let me know please.
     
    07-01-2009, 03:04 AM
  #10
Foal
Hi Morgan, I have just got a new saddle as the saddle that came with my horse was also too big and sat in the same position as yours.
I ordered my new saddle from horsesaddleshop.com as per the photo you put on this thread. I got a great deal on their specials section. But what I wanted to say was I used the templates for measuring up my horse off their website. It was spot on and the saddle is a perfect fit.
Tennesse sugested the Abetta saddles, they also do those really cheap with flexi- trees.
     

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