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post #1 of 11 Old 04-15-2010, 02:32 PM Thread Starter
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Question saddle fit

Ill take pics when i go out back but i was wondering
if the saddle is rubbing the wither, what makes it do that. Like too narrow , or the gullet size is too small? shes got a small rub the size of a dime to the right of her wither, not in the center. i use a thin all purpose pad and a half pad and she still got this 'sore'. shes not sensitive to the touch or poke but it rubbed the hair off and it did bleed a bit. ive tried moving it back, moving it foward. ive come to terms it dosent fit her im just curious to why. as in anatomy of the saddle why. thanks in advance
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Is it a western saddle or an english saddle? The most common problem is that the tree/gullet is too wide. If its a western saddle, the pommel could also not have enough wither clearance (aka the gullet is not tall enough)

The fact that is ONLY on the right side of her withers indicates that her muscle development is uneven, so where the left side is holding the saddle up properly, the right side is not.
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A sore spot on one side of the back indicates uneven muscles (as sambam pointed out), a badly fitting saddle (some saddles wear unevenly) or an unbalanced rider.
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muscle unbalance makes sense. shes stronger clockwise . counter clockwise is her issue. so it would make sense that the rub is on the right as thats her strong side. So then to make it fit better where should the extra shims be? i have an adjustable wither pad. and its an english saddle. i'm going out in a few so ill grab pics.
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Pics would be good.

Do you have access to a saddlefitter? They might be able to offer fitting suggestions specifially for her.
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OKay well i added a layer of sheepskin on her left side. is it just me or would that make the fit better? because it felt better.. and she felt 10x better.. here are all the
i took a BUTT load of pics you can view them here. she was not amused , hense the pinned ear pics hahah shes such a drama queen , god forbid shes gotta stand for 15 min for mommy to play saddle fitting hahah . brat. any way heres the link thanks guys

ginger saddle fitting pics pictures from family photos on webshots

if it dosent work let me know
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To me - and I don't have a super educated eye, just going off of my own saddle fitting experience - that saddle is too wide for her alone. It's wide and sitting too low on her withers, which may be why she has sores. It looks better with the sheepskin.

Again, I'm not the best to say, so I'll wait for a more experienced person to judge the fit.
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I also see that she has dry spots over her withers, indicating that something is bearing down too much, which would mean the saddle is too wide for her.

I think you meant to say that the right side is her weak side, lol, most horses are the same way. If you concentrate on counter clockwise work, right leads, etc you'll be able to build up muscles and make any future saddle fit better. I do agree that it may be just a tad too wide. I would like to see more wither clearance, especially if she has a higher headset while shes trotting.
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Is it okay to use with the sheepskin? her headset is low w/t/c we do a lot of stretching down and collection work. her heads up a tad high when we work counter clockwise SOMETIMES, shes gotten a bit better and should be fine once her shoes are put on. thats the direction she has trouble with.

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so now if i cant use this what am i looking for ? i was going to look into a wintec for her.
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