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post #11 of 27 Old 10-27-2013, 11:11 PM Thread Starter
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attached are two pics of her
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post #12 of 27 Old 10-27-2013, 11:14 PM Thread Starter
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here is another more from the side with the saddle
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post #13 of 27 Old 10-27-2013, 11:51 PM
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Have you tried a riser? sometimes if they have high withers or not enough top line the saddle can slip. try putting one on, you can get pretty cheap ones. it also is more comfortable for the horse when you are riding :) hope this helps.
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post #14 of 27 Old 10-28-2013, 02:19 AM
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She looks very round made worse by the fact she's overweight.
Don't know much about western saddles, but that one doesn't look like it fits at all.
I'd try different saddle/pad/ and cinch, but I'll let someone who knows more about western tack advise.
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post #15 of 27 Old 10-28-2013, 05:08 AM
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To me it looks like the saddle is a bit too wide which could be causing the problem.
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post #16 of 27 Old 10-28-2013, 08:22 AM Thread Starter
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when we got her 3 months ago she weighed over 1100 pounds and stands 14-3 she was living off sweet feed and free fed hay she has since dropped weight. She now gets 1 cup of a RB and no hay - plenty of good green forage still. She isn't where she needs to be but she's getting there. I have a different saddle I will try on her as well...
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post #17 of 27 Old 10-28-2013, 11:53 AM
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Yes, try the different saddle, this one doesn't fit at all. What it looks like to me is that the gullet is too narrow, causing the saddle to perch up on the very top of her back, and the bars are too flat, causing them to only have contact at the very top and the bottoms are angling out away from her body. I can only suspect about the bar angle as the one picture from the back seems to show that the saddle is flatter than the angle of her body would match. However, the picture from the side pretty much solidifies that the gullet is too narrow. Look at the conchos at the swells of the saddle, they are above the level of the withers, which means that the top part of the bar is pinched together right up on the very top of her back by her spine.

While she does appear to be a very wide horse, her back is not broad and flat the way that a thick built QH is. You may have a bit of trouble finding a saddle to fit her. Do you know the measurements on the saddle you're using now for the gullet width and bar angle?

Also, the fact that the cinch and latigo is at such an extreme angle up to the rigging is a big clue that the saddle isn't right for her.

Just as a comparison, here is the side pic that you posted; see how high the conchos are and the angle of the latigo. Also look a the back of the saddle, see how far it sits back on her hindquarters and how high it's popped up off her back? That saddle just looks like it would slide off if any type of pressure was applied in any direction.

And here is a well fitting saddle. Notice how much lower the conchos sit on mine, but there is still adequate room between the withers and the bottom of the gullet...and the cinch is in a relatively straight line from the very bottom all the way up to the rigging. Also notice how the saddle sits down on the horse, the back doesn't pop up the way it does on yours. If the saddle fits well and the person is a good mounter, then they should be able to step on without a cinch on a saddle at all.
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post #18 of 27 Old 10-28-2013, 12:48 PM Thread Starter
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awesome information smrobs. I was told the gullet was a full QH bar. I don't know the bar angle though. I definitely see the difference between the two pics. I will put the other saddle on her and take pics and get opinions on the fit of it...I just don't like it cuz it's a much heavier saddle but it's not all about me :) I want whats best for her..
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post #19 of 27 Old 10-28-2013, 01:23 PM Thread Starter
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This is of her in the other saddle I have...It still doesn't look as good as smorbs but it might be a "better" fit...I know the breast collar is WAY to big my DH thought she needed it
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post #20 of 27 Old 10-28-2013, 01:39 PM
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Either put a wither strap on or take that breast collar off. Where it sits right now will impede forward motion.
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