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post #1 of 3 Old 03-05-2010, 03:08 AM Thread Starter
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bought wintec saddle but need some help

Hello I bought a wintec saddle today for $150. It's in GREAT condition and seems to fit her pretty well. it doesn't sit too low and doesn't roll when it sits on her back but the thing is when I get up the back tends to slide a bit. I'm not the best at getting up but I am A WHOLE lot better than I was. I can 98% of the time get in my seat with no help but I was wondering if it's a sign that it doesn't fit....she is on the rolley polley side...she is built like a stocky pony. She is 14.2 hands and 1100 lbs...well the vet estimated her weight. She is still pudgy but has slimmed down since I have had her. Would a neoprene saddle pad help?

this is the picture of the saddle I's a semi quarter and 15" seat. I am wanting to do barrels eventually and I know the seat isn't really made for that.

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A neoprene pad might help, but your best bet is to stick with a mounting block (or milk crate, or tree stump, ...) as much as you can until you can mount light. It can be pretty rough on the horse's back to mount from the ground alone all the time, even if you're an expert mounter, and if the process is pulling the saddle, imagine what it is doing to the horse's back and ribs.

Some of the pudgier horses will just have their saddles slip; just the nature of the beast. 14.2 and 1100 pounds sounds really heavy to me, my guys are about the same height, and 8-900 pounds; I think they look fat, but it really depends on body type, too. Low or mutton withers can really contribute to sideways saddle slippage, as well.

My sister rides the same saddle and runs poles, barrels, keyhole, and whatever else is offered that day. Does darn good for the equivalent of showjumping in a dressage saddle. If she doesn't ribbon, she's just outside that grouping. It can be done.

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post #3 of 3 Old 03-05-2010, 02:57 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you.
I do mount on a gate sometimes because my legs get tired and springing myself up is hard when I feel I don't have enough strength. I am not an expert mounter =P I do need to gain some muscle in my arms and do some squats to help build muscles in areas I need them.
My horse is fat. The vet said she looks fine and not overweight. I know she is overweight and needs to bring that fat belly of her's up a little. She is very stocky though and bigger boned. I would need her to get weighed on a cattle scale to find out her exact weight.

I will take some pictures of my saddle on my horse today.
I really like it and I hope it works well. We have a lot of local competitions and
eventually I want to the novice area to see if I can win anything. I want to have the experience and mostly have fun with it.
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