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Muscling up behind withers due to saddle?

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I recently got my AQHA mare Dedee back and have started riding her more this season. I have an all purpose black wintec saddle.
I watched the saddle fitting videos (the 9 steps), and for the most part (that I can tell) it follows all the rules, however my horse always has these dry triangles behind her withers and the muscle there gets harder. (dont know how to word it)
I took some pictures with my cell.
Does this mean it is in fact to narrow?
On that note does anyone near the Skagit Valley area in WA state know a inexpensive but experienced saddle fitter?\
Thanks
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I do not know of any saddle fitters in WA as I live in Tas.
Maybe try asking at where ever you bought your saddle from, they normally have someone who will fit it for you. :)
 

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ok thanks
i did find a lady who is going to come out here and bring some saddles to fit, i guess it can also be the angle?
thanks for the reply though :)
 

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I would definately get a saddler to help you :) There should not be dry spots, and what is going on with the muscles behind the shoulders is muscle atrophy. That's caused by a saddle putting too much pressure in that area, not allowing the muscles to breath, work and develop.

Over time, if allowed to continue, there will be nerve damage - and you cannot repair nerve damage.
 

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I am a saddle fitter, and realised over last 5 of my 45 yrs experience that these hollows are atrophy caused by wide saddles putting all weight to front of horse. (common in racehorses BUT NO should not be like this!) Basically squashing lifebloood out of the muscles, weakening and causing them to wither and die. Therefore a correct size saddle will never fit because it will drop into these hollows. But at last a company has produced a gel wither pad! with HOLES that restore these damaged parts. First rule of saddle fit is that it should be level , ridden in walk pommel to cantle to assure horse carries weight balanced over 4 legs. Get one of these pads, then pad up gel next to skin and make level when riden and take your horse gently into buildup work> stretching all new muscles to carry you, and moving correctly. I can guarrantee from what I have seen in my fittings that you will have a very differrent horse in 10 months (recovery depends on level/ how often /age horse /weight rider) take month by month pictures) I expect you will get a wow factor from first ride.
 
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