New Saddle Now or Wait Until Weight Gain and Topline Built Up? - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 4 Old 11-22-2019, 12:08 AM Thread Starter
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New Saddle Now or Wait Until Weight Gain and Topline Built Up?

Looking for thoughts/recommendations please. I purchased a horse in August and have been working to put some much needed weight on him and am also working to build his topline. The saddle I am using is not fitting him well. When cinched is very tight at the shoulder and have also recently noticed his hair appears crushed under where my seat bones would be. This crushed hair is even on both sides of his back. Here are my questions: 1) Do I look for a new saddle now or would I be better off to wait until spring once he has gained weight and topline? 2) Anyone know of a good western saddle fitter in/near south central Wisconsin (preferably someone willing to come to the stable I board at to fit him)? Thank you!
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post #2 of 4 Old 11-22-2019, 01:00 AM
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Has the ill fitting saddle caused him to be sore, or imitable about being saddled or ridden?


If it is, then a new saddle is in order , now, IMO.
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post #3 of 4 Old 11-22-2019, 02:07 AM
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Agree with @tinyliny . If the saddle hurts, it has to go. If he can't extend his shoulder and the scapula is blocked, this is a reason to look into a new saddle. If he's building muscle, he will get more muscle in the shoulder area, and possibly in the wither area (it will get wider.)

If you don't mind me asking, what actions have you taken to start building his topline?

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post #4 of 4 Old 11-22-2019, 07:10 AM
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If the horse is still that thin, stop riding him till he gains more much needed weight.
Take him for walks to build a topline...it is absolutely possible.
But a skinny/thin horse needs to use every calorie they eat to gain and heal their bodies first before you start working off what you are striving to fix and replace.
It takes months to replace, replenish weight on a "thin" horse for whatever the reason.
A ill fitting saddle is just one more reason to stay off the animal...
But yes, any saddle you use now while the horse is recuperating is often not going to fit as the horses condition improves...
Having to cinch down a saddle that tight is doing more damage than good, period.

As the body heals amazingly the topline fills in and develops...it takes good nutrition to build muscle and a layer of fat on the body... that takes months to accomplish, many months.
Good luck.
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