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I found a great match for me...he's about 20 years old. He is safe and steady and patient, a great boy! However, he has suffered a bit from his previous owner (s) and is sensitive on his back when tacking up and he is very grumpy being tacked. I know you have all heard this story a million times but what can I do to reassure him that I won't hurt him and also what can I do to make sure I don't hurt his back the way it had been in the past? I have a great fitting saddle and use a thick pad on top of a baby pad or regular square (close contact) pad. I want him to be better not worse than before I got him. Can you tell me which pad you may have used to help fix back pain in your horses and please share your experiences with this. At first I thought he was cinchy so I have been using the fleece girths instead of leather ones but what else can I do and which pad works best to fix back troubles? I ride english (hunters). He is such a sweetie I want him to be happy.
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Get a massage therapist and the chiropractor out. The horse won't know you're not trying to hurt him until it doesn't cause any pain to him tacking up. They're worth the money, I know many success stories.
 

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i agree with the above. i have equi-eval.com and see this a lot in horses. check your saddle fit, but remember even if your saddle fits, that doesn't mean the prior owners did. and going from an ill fitting saddle to a correctly fitting one won't fix already existing back issues, that's something that a chiro and/or massage therapist can help with. good luck!
 

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My boy had extensive back issues because of a previous I'll fitting saddle.

I got him chiropractored, massaged, lasered, he was treated with liniment (sore-no-more). However in his case I had to get a saddle custom made to fit his back.

More pads won't make a difference - if your saddle fits, they will only make it tighter.
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Just posting to back up the previous posts. Chiro can really do wonders.

And I just want to point out that more pads don't necessarily make a saddle fit better, and in most cases, will make the fit worse. There are lots of factors to look into when fitting saddles, so try and do as much research as you can before your vet comes out. The vet may also be willing to look at your saddle fit when he/she is out there. Good luck and congratulations on your new boy!
 

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I agree with the above but would like to add.... while in "recovery":

-Longe him before you get on.
-Use a mounting block ALWAYS.
-Don't plop down when mounting..
-Ride in a half seat or two point, staying off his back.
-Get a neck stretcher and ride in it once or twice a week. (Warm up with out one first!) Low, stretchy, large circles.
-Flex and stretch him before you ride.
 
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