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post #11 of 18 Old 01-30-2010, 06:36 PM
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It arrived...and I didn't really notice any difference in saddle fit from my big fluffy wither pad. The inside is made of this really hard foam, and the actual part that is suppose to fill in his dip is a separate piece that is just kind of floating around inside the pocket so there is no way to know where it actually is when you put in on the horse. The only thing I like about it is that you can add or subtract how much stuffing you want in it, but I could have gotten something much nicer looking for much less I think.
The foam is only hard when cold. It softens up nicely when your horse warms it up.

The shim will stay put nicely once you have it placed properly and don't "shake" the pad up and down . My shims almost never move around.

As for your issue, could it be than you are putting your saddles too far forward? The front of the saddle tree should be 1-3" behind the back edge of the shoulder blade. For western saddles, the front edge of the front concho should be about 2" behind the back edge of the shoulder blade. For English saddles, the front d-ring should be 2-3" behind the back edge of the shoulder blade.

Try your new Skito pad with your saddle placed correctly and see if that helps. The shim should go UNDER the long foam panels if you got the shoulder shim. If you got the lift front or full lift front, it should go on top of the main foam panels.
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post #12 of 18 Old 01-30-2010, 06:37 PM
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I am going to have to. I don't think the current shims fill in enough. Any good and easy to find materials that I can use?
Contact Skito or the store you bought it from. Skito has excellent customer service and will swap out shims until you get the desired results. You only have to pay for shipping your shims back to them.
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post #13 of 18 Old 01-31-2010, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
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Here is where my saddle usually settles to after a ride:




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post #14 of 18 Old 01-31-2010, 03:17 PM
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Presumably you ride English

Look up "Cair" on the internet. But you'll need a saddler to fit it properly.

Strikes me you need a visit from a saddler.

Pads won't necessarily work for you and may provoke rub marks on the horse's back. The saddle should fit the horse without an under cloth -which are to be used merely to stop the saddle from getting dirty.

There will be a saddle to fit, but you have to find it. I've got four saddles in my tack room but I had to buy a fifth to fit my present horse which itself needed adjustment before it could be used on my mare.

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post #15 of 18 Old 01-31-2010, 04:19 PM Thread Starter
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The pad is there because he is sway backed, I don't think there is any saddle out there that would fit him without some kind of padding.

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post #16 of 18 Old 01-31-2010, 04:27 PM
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ugh, so frustrating! I have similar problems with my TB and it doesn't help that he was in sorry shape when I got him. So now, though I am thrilled to be building topline, it is like having a new horse to fit every couple months. I have lots of nice gals willing to let me use pads to adjust as needed, but nothing fixes all problems.

I just got an awesome fleece half pad online and tried it out yesterday, he was swinging through his back much better and seemed happier than he's been in a while, but still had some slipping back issues. ARGH! Good luck to you, I'm sorry I really don't have advice, just commiserating!
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post #17 of 18 Old 01-31-2010, 04:43 PM Thread Starter
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Misery loves company!

I like this pad, however I think I could have found something much cheaper that did the same thing, I was just excited to find something in an english version at it seems like most sway back pads are western pads. Oh well.

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post #18 of 18 Old 02-01-2010, 12:40 AM
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Let me know if you find anything cheaper that works as well as a Skito for saddle fitting, shock absorbtion, and breathability. So far, Skitos have been the cheapest I could find for all of that, plus they're custom made to order!

You might contact Skito or the store/shop you got the pad from and see if some other shims might work better. Maybe a a full rear lift? Or a combination of a thinner center shim and a rear lift shim? They are great to work with, even months after you buy the pad. Skito keeps the orders and pad serial numbers on file for 4 years, so you can easily order more shims or what-not.
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