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post #1 of 16 Old 06-14-2009, 11:17 PM Thread Starter
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Saddle Pad Help

Big Horn Tuffy Cut Back Saddle Pad 7905
what do you think of this pad? i have a narrow high withered tb and i think this would help saddles fit better. opinions?

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How exactly is your saddle not fitting?

I am of the opinion that if a saddle doesn't fit, it doesn't fit - period.

You can do minor adjustments if the saddle is just a teeny bit too wide, but even that is a gamble. If the saddle is to narrow, no amount of padding in the world will make it right - think of having a tight shoe on and cramming more socks on. Think of having a shoe that's too big on; you can pad it to make it work for a very short while, but you'll develop more problems.

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my saddle is a tiny bit big. i can find a saddle that fits his withers.. his withers are really high and all the saddles hit his withers. and i dont have 2 grand to dump into a saddle. i have a saddle and it kinda fits him but like i said its too big in the wither area. here is a pic of them


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Mmkay, what I see in that picture is a fairly thin horse - getting some fat and muscle in the right places would help a lot.
What brands of saddles have you tried?
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Yup, some alfalfa pellets (3-5 lbs a day) and extra fat will help beef him up and make saddle fitting a little easier.

That pad might help some. You can also get a custom pad from Skito with shims made just for your horse and your saddle to help fitting. The shims can be swapped out or removed as he builds muscle or if you buy a new saddle.

The Skito Correction pad isn't even too expensive:
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You use it over a thinner pad or blanket.

Or shims can be added to the full Skito Insert Pad, $15-25 a pair for the shims.
Skito Equalizer Saddle Pad - Tack - Saddle Pads - Skito Pads - Equalizer Insert Pad - Arete Equestrian - Half Chaps, Skito & Supracor Saddle Pads... - (Powered by CubeCart)

I have a couple of Skito pads and various shims. They really help with saddle fitting.
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Mmkay, what I see in that picture is a fairly thin horse - getting some fat and muscle in the right places would help a lot.
What brands of saddles have you tried?
i know he is thin. he looks better than he did in that pic. his withers are abnormally large he is very narrow. he has agined prolly 100 lbs since that pic. i have tryed a tucker endurance saddle and a red Rover (?) saddle. the tucker fit him pretty good but i wasb in need of $$ so i sold it. the other was given to me and it sems to be a little bit big.

please dont bring up him being skinny again. i am putting Lbs on him

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please dont bring up him being skinny again. i am putting Lbs on him
Then you need to put under his pictures that you are putting weight on him, etc. Not everyone on the board knows the background on you and your horses, or remembers. I do remember your posts on feed and weight gain (where you mentioned the humane society has been called on your horses a time or two), I just added about the alfalfa pellets and fat for extra emphasis .

We all love horses and want to help others who may have a problem. Your photo says he has a problem, so with no background or mention that you're working on getting his weight up, people will assume you're not doing anything or don't know, and they will give you advice.
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sorry. i wasnt asking for a critque on my horse. or to tell me that im doing an aweful job of taking care of them. i wanted to know peoples opinions on the saddle pad. i figured most people saw the thread

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I pointed it out because it will affect the saddle fit. Also, if I see a horse that's underweight, I will say something - I won't ignore it, sorry. I am glad you have put weight on him.
It is easy for someone who sees a horse everyday to not recognise that the horse has lost or gained weight - some people just do not see that a horse is underweight, so when I see it, especially if there's no mention of "by the way, he has gained weight since this picture" then I will comment on it. I would expect the same if I posted Denny's before picture without any explanation.

I would strongly suggest that if you do post these pictures elsewhere and don't want comments about his weight, please put a disclaimer with the picture. Or post different pictures showing him as he is now, not how he was.

If he's gained muscle and fat, that will change what I would recommend for a saddle or pad, can you please post a more recent picture, and possible one showing him with the saddle on without pads? That will help tremendously.
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We all love horses and want to help others who may have a problem. Your photo says he has a problem, so with no background or mention that you're working on getting his weight up, people will assume you're not doing anything or don't know, and they will give you advice.
lol - what she said :)
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