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Hello. I have been riding "my" pony for about 2 years now. She has always had her saddle, from breaking till now. She has no white places on her spine and isn't oversensitive onn her spine neither, so I assume the saddle is alright. She has always worn it with a crupper. She is a pony, u know-no whithers, round belly=problems with saddle sliding. I started to wonder whether the saddle isn't too wide for her, but as i dont understand saddles, I contacted a saddler. He told me the saddl is total "****" and i should throw it away immediately. I admit, that it isn't real leather, and i don't have any idea where did her owners buy it... But she rides with it for 6 years... And has no problems.... I tried to taky few photos.... Do you think it's fitting her? or not? would some pad help? I tried artificial sheepskin to make it a bit thinner, and it seems to slip less (sometimes not at all.) If put wothout a pad, the light goes totally through the "spine canal"(?) and doesn't touch spine, and she has everywhere about 2 fingers space between spine and saddle







<<I put some pressure-how it fits when I sit on it...

<< after riding-it slipped forward...

<< with thinner pads

 

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If it fits fine, causes no rubs and stays clear of the spine, who cares if it's a piece of crap? If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
 

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The foam and sheepskin pads are making it too narrow, which is causing the slipping. Try riding her without any extra pads, just the square pad. A saddle that is too narrow is more likely to slip around on a round/wide horse than a saddle that is too wide.

If you want something shock absorbing and to help with slipping, add a 1/4" thick ThinLine Half Pad. They do sell those in the UK, so you might be able to get them at an online shop that will ship to the CR.
Welcome To Equine Innovation - ThinLine Half Pad (Powered by CubeCart)

Or a thin Prolite pad.
PROLITE THIN RELIEF PAD

Here's a Czech store that is supposed to carry ThinLine products:
Equick: EQUICK

Yes, the saddle looks to be a cheap brand that aren't always well made, but if it fits your horse and it puts you in a good position, then it's fine. The back panels don't match the shape of the horse's back very well, which may cause some soreness there over time.
 

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The foam and sheepskin pads are making it too narrow, which is causing the slipping. Try riding her without any extra pads, just the square pad. A saddle that is too narrow is more likely to slip around on a round/wide horse than a saddle that is too wide.

If you want something shock absorbing and to help with slipping, add a 1/4" thick ThinLine Half Pad. They do sell those in the UK, so you might be able to get them at an online shop that will ship to the CR.
Welcome To Equine Innovation - ThinLine Half Pad (Powered by CubeCart)

Or a thin Prolite pad.
PROLITE THIN RELIEF PAD

Here's a Czech store that is supposed to carry ThinLine products:
Equick: EQUICK

Yes, the saddle looks to be a cheap brand that aren't always well made, but if it fits your horse and it puts you in a good position, then it's fine. The back panels don't match the shape of the horse's back very well, which may cause some soreness there over time.
I can see I wanted her to feel better an d i made it even worse instead. :( Do you think this can have the same puspose? http://www.equiservis.cz/cz/eshop/detail/29623-decka-tlumici-gelova-eskadron-popis.html
 

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I can not see if it fits well, but I do agree that a classic saddle does not need all those pads, because the saddles is padded by itself.
All the pad is needed for, is adsorbtion of sweat.

What you might consider is getting it restuffed. They open the saddle and restuff it with wool or other stuff. This is not supposed to be expensive.
But again - I don't know.

Henk
 

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I can not see if it fits well, but I do agree that a classic saddle does not need all those pads, because the saddles is padded by itself.
All the pad is needed for, is adsorbtion of sweat.

What you might consider is getting it restuffed. They open the saddle and restuff it with wool or other stuff. This is not supposed to be expensive.
But again - I don't know.

Henk
She actually rode without any extra pads, abut as she is little pony (13 hands) and i am full grown woman, I wanted some protection for her. I wanted to restuff it, but the saddler told me to give the saddle away. For now I dont have any money to buy a new saddle, though. :(
 

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The first pad you posted is too thin to really do anything. Gel is not a good shock absorbing material. They have fallen out of favor in the US and much of the UK. The second pad you posted will get hot underneath it. Both the ThinLine and Prolite pads are breathable and better at shock absorbtion.
 

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The first pad you posted is too thin to really do anything. Gel is not a good shock absorbing material. They have fallen out of favor in the US and much of the UK. The second pad you posted will get hot underneath it. Both the ThinLine and Prolite pads are breathable and better at shock absorbtion.
Well, this is all very nice, but they don't sell ThinLine in Czech. The only shop you posted doesn't sell it any more... :(
 
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