I know white spots on the horses withers/back come up due to pressure being placed on that spot because of an ill-fitting saddle. I have a nice 80's western saddle, (brand is saddlesmith or saddlemaker, something like that) very well made with a wooden tree, that I had one person say fits perfectly, and one says it fits decent but I need a thicker pad, but if I increase my horses topline it will fit better. I have a standard western fleece pad (zebra print with wear leathers off horse.com :wink: ) and thats what I am using, but he has some dry spots whenever I am finished riding. Will those dry spots eventually lead to white spots? My trainer said that dry spots are just where the saddle isnt touching him while I ride, doesnt that mean uneven pressure elsewhere? Ive only had him for about 8 months, and after his winter coat fell off, I noticed he had a white spot on his back about half a foot from his withers and a couple inches below his spine. The funny thing is, there isn't one on the other side. I am curious as to if it is just a spot he was born with and it has always been there, or if It was caused by my saddle. And if it was my saddle, do I need a more built up pad? Note: I have just started riding him back western; for the past couple months he has been at a hunter barn so I have been doing english flat with him in my devacoux. My trainer said that my devacoux fits him and that it will fit a wide range of horses, but I have had someone check it and said that the pressure was uneven and it didnt fit him at all. That wouldnt suprise me because that same saddle fits my oldenburg to a T. But even if it didnt fit him, if that white spot on his side was caused from uneven pressure, wouldnt he have one on the other side too? (which he doesnt) Confused and need help!