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post #1 of 12 Old 08-17-2019, 12:11 PM Thread Starter
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Skirt too long?

Hello, I have this show saddle that seems to fit perfect for me and my horse but I believe the skirt is too long
I’ve noticed some rubbing from what seems to be either the edge of the skirt or the saddle pad a few inches below the point of the hip. It’s a 16” seat, and unfortunately I can’t go any smaller and can’t seem to find any show saddles with that seat with any shorter skirts. Do you know any foxes for this? Should I move the saddle up a few more inches?
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post #2 of 12 Old 08-17-2019, 12:37 PM
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Longer blanket?

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post #3 of 12 Old 08-17-2019, 01:25 PM
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The easiest thing to try like Avna said is a longer blanket.

I've only had one horse with rubbing issues and I think it was the shape of the tree.........that it didn't have enough rock for the horse's back. It's easy to think the horse's back is too short but when I got a different saddle the rubbing issue went away, so that's how I decided it was the tree shape and not just something that the horse itself had a problem with.

Hey, I found a photo, he even had white hairs coming in. But those actually went away with the next shed and I got a different saddle.

Your problem is hopefully not as severe. But I unfortunately think it might be the shape of the saddle. Try a different blanket or pad though, that's the easiest thing to try. (I doubt moving the saddle up would change anything as saddles will naturally fall into the best position.)


PS. The wire over his withers was for a wither tracing I was doing for potential saddle fit. I ended up getting a basically off-the-shelf saddle with an equi-fit tree that fit him great.
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post #4 of 12 Old 08-17-2019, 01:53 PM
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In the picture you attached you have more blanket/pad sticking out the front than the back. You might be able to get away with making sure you have equal amount sticking out from the back as the front. There isn't a whole lot on the backside in your picture to help protect his hips.
I'd start there and see how it works.
A slightly thicker pad under your blanket might help too to hold the saddle and skirts up away from his hips.

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post #5 of 12 Old 08-18-2019, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you! I rode him in my thick mayatex blanket yesterday and it seemed to stop the rubbing!
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post #6 of 12 Old 08-19-2019, 01:02 AM
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I was going to say put a thick pad under that saddle that is not much longer than the saddle skirt, and then put a longer, thinner wool blanket over the pad so that it overhangs the thick pad by an inch or two, and saddle on top. It will lift the saddle up more, and the thick pad will not be hitting the hip, only the softer Navajo type blanket. YOu can get some really pretty ones, too.


are you sure you would not fit better in a 15.5 inch saddle? you are tall, but it looks like you have a lot of room in that saddle, IMO.
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post #7 of 12 Old 08-19-2019, 05:06 AM
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That saddle is too big for you from what I can see. Way too much room up front.

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post #8 of 12 Old 08-19-2019, 02:06 PM
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I was going to say put a thick pad under that saddle that is not much longer than the saddle skirt, and then put a longer, thinner wool blanket over the pad so that it overhangs the thick pad by an inch or two, and saddle on top. It will lift the saddle up more, and the thick pad will not be hitting the hip, only the softer Navajo type blanket. YOu can get some really pretty ones, too.


are you sure you would not fit better in a 15.5 inch saddle? you are tall, but it looks like you have a lot of room in that saddle, IMO.
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That saddle is too big for you from what I can see. Way too much room up front.

Thank you both for saying that. I felt immediately that saddle is way too big for OP. I have ran across websites/saddle maker sites in the past that told people the size seat they need is dependent on height... and I look at those sites and think, wait. What? What about the actual all-around SIZE of the person riding? OP's pictures brought that 'advice' to mind immediately.

Also, the saddle might, and I do mean might be back a teeny bit too far too, but without being there and able to actually look, it's hard to say.
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post #9 of 12 Old 08-19-2019, 03:25 PM
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- Make sure the saddle pad is scrupulously clean. If you're using a neoprene or felt pad and sweat or dirt builds up along the rear of the pad, it will sore a horse when used with a longer-skirted saddle. For horses like this, I will use a fleece-lined pad and that usually solves the problem.


- You look like a smaller saddle would fit you just fine. For whatever reason, the tendency in the show ring is for 16" inch saddles even for small, thin women and teens. 16" is really a men's size, so a 15" would likely work fine for you.


- Show saddles often 'perch' on the horse's back, lift up in the rear, and work back and forth from side to side as the horse moves. This is another thing seen commonly in the show ring for rail/trail classes and considered a huge indicator that the saddle doesn't fit in any other discipline. If the rear of your saddle is shifting side to side while your horse jogs, it doesn't fit and will sore him eventually whether you use a shorter skirt or not.
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post #10 of 12 Old 08-19-2019, 10:05 PM
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- Make sure the saddle pad is scrupulously clean. If you're using a neoprene or felt pad and sweat or dirt builds up along the rear of the pad, it will sore a horse when used with a longer-skirted saddle. For horses like this, I will use a fleece-lined pad and that usually solves the problem.


- You look like a smaller saddle would fit you just fine. For whatever reason, the tendency in the show ring is for 16" inch saddles even for small, thin women and teens. 16" is really a men's size, so a 15" would likely work fine for you.


- Show saddles often 'perch' on the horse's back, lift up in the rear, and work back and forth from side to side as the horse moves. This is another thing seen commonly in the show ring for rail/trail classes and considered a huge indicator that the saddle doesn't fit in any other discipline. If the rear of your saddle is shifting side to side while your horse jogs, it doesn't fit and will sore him eventually whether you use a shorter skirt or not.
16 is common because most people have big butts! OP doesn't! Also I heard it was common because most trainers are guys and they have bigger butts. Reason being if your trainer rides your horse in warm up, he rides in your saddle. So male dominance here, what else is new?

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