11-12-2011, 07:46 PM
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I haven't read the whole thread, so forgive me if I duplicate others.
I really don't like nonslip pads. Can really irritate the horse.
However, a 1 inch felt pad might be really thick. Sometimes those heavey felt pads need a lot of use and time to conform to the horse's back shape, and in the meantime, they cna make the saddle not sit well on the horse's back. My new 3/4 wool felt pad does this, so I went back to my older wool pad that's all broke in.
Did your saddle fitter have familiary with western saddle fitting?
I found that Mac's saddle was always rolling to the right, and it had to do with the way he walked and the shape of his back. So, I used a small "shim" that I now velcro to his saddle pad. It keeps the saddle centered. I also almost never get on from the ground, but that's due to my laziness and fatness.
Try a different pad under the saddle just to see if the pad has some of the fault.
Good luck. OH, feel free to post pictures of the saddle on your mare, no pad under it and from various angles. Ok?