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post #1 of 3 Old 09-18-2014, 02:43 AM Thread Starter
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How do I know if my saddle is on wrong (saddle sores)?

I'm fairly new to owning a horse. I go out and saddle up my horse every day and ride her. But recently I've noticed a spot on my horse where it appears (and feels) as though her saddle is rubbing. She is a flea bitten grey, but has a dark spot where I think it is rubbing. The first couple times I put the saddle on, I sent photos to my aunt ( who I got the horse from) and she gave me the thumbs up. I also got the saddle from her so I know it is a good fit, as she has had this saddle on her many times. I just don't know what to do. I moved the saddle back a little last time and it didn't feel right when I was riding. I'm at a loss. Could this be something different? Or is it an ill fitting saddle (read: put on wrong by the inexperienced)? Could it be too loose? Too tight? I can take pictures tomorrow if that will help.
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post #2 of 3 Old 09-18-2014, 03:31 AM
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Pictures would definitely help.

It could be a few things and saddle fit and/or incorrect use of the saddle might be the problem.

Bear in mind that if the horse has changed weight or shape (through gaining muscle etc) or if you are significantly bigger than your aunt (who had used the saddle before) this can change the fit.

Also, if you are using different saddle blankets or maybe you ride more often than your aunt and the saddle never fit right, but with less riding was never an issue.

Maybe some pictures of the saddle fit and also of the spot you are worried about, and a quick description of any factors that might come into play? And (of course) we like to see horse pics anyways...
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post #3 of 3 Old 09-19-2014, 03:21 AM
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Yeah, pictures would help, but there is no way anyone can 'give you the thumbs up' on saddle fit accurately with pics alone. Learning the principles, you may get by assessing yourself - you need to see & feel horse & saddle in question, also assess how the rider is balanced in it(a lot of saddles appear OK for the horse until there's a bum in them!), and how it is in movement - so often people only assess saddle fit on a stationary horse. But sounds like you could do with a visit from a saddler, saddle fitter, bodyworker, or just very experienced horse person, so they can assess, and show you what you're looking at.
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