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post #1 of 4 Old 09-30-2020, 04:54 PM Thread Starter
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Ill fitting saddle

My current saddle used on my mare doesnt fit her. She's uncomfortable in it and in turn riding is frustrating and unproductive for both of us. However I can't afford to get a saddle fitter out nor buy a whole new saddle anytime soon. Is there anything I can do to help with this? Would riding entirely bareback (I have a bareback pad that has about 1-1.5 inches of padding) until I can get a good saddle be better, or would that be worse than riding with the unfit saddle? Ideally I wouldnt have to ride at all until I got a new saddle, but that might not be for another year.
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post #2 of 4 Old 09-30-2020, 07:05 PM
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Maybe sell this saddle and buy one that fits? Until then, don't sore your horse, use the pad.
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post #3 of 4 Old 09-30-2020, 07:34 PM
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Have you thought of possible trading your saddle for something that fits the horse?
Many people trade tack, many "businesses" swap tack and a bit of money often can give you what you need sooner rather than later...
In the meantime, I agree with waresbear...don't use a saddle that could injure the horse, sore the horse or make the horse resentful.
I would not not ride cause then you will have a change in shape happen from loss of muscle tone, that leaves you bareback or ride with a bareback pad.
Your choice, but ride just not with that saddle...
Do you know anyone who has spare saddles you can try/borrow while looking? That might be another option...let it be known around that you are looking and open to options of swap, lease to buy, etc..

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post #4 of 4 Old 09-30-2020, 07:43 PM
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Yes, absolutely quit using it, esp if it's so bad as to be obvious to you that it's hurting her! Either quit riding, or ride bareback until you have something that's comfortable for her.

**If you do happen to find something that fits in the near future, do consider that a) she will likely have some bruising from the old one that may cause the new one to still hurt and b)she may have atrophy/muscle wastage/body imbalance from the old saddle that if you fit a saddle to her now, it may not fit down the track, or it may perpetuate body probs/pain from being fit to 'issues'. I'd give her a couple of weeks off, then get a good bodyworker (chiro vet or such) out to check/treat her & advise, before looking for a new saddle.

Also beware if using a bareback pad, not to girth it up too tightly, esp if it only has a single band across her back, and don't ever use stirrups with a bareback pad.
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