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I was just thinking randomly about horses and narrow saddles and I came up with a new type of saddle pad thing! It would be thin near and around the withers and the thicken as it went down. this way it would make it so if your saddle tree is at the wrong angle to your horses shoulder you could fix it.

Good idea? yes? no?

What do you think??
 

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I am sure that there will be people that say "Padding a horse up will never fix an ill fitting saddle" and they are right. However, not everyone has the luxury of having a saddle to fit every horse they ride. I ride many different horses and it would be impossible to have a saddle to fit each one so I have to resort to padding them up to keep them functional.

If you can find a material that would hold up well to the wear and tear, I think it is a very good idea.
 

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One of the big-name-trainers has something along that concept (perhaps Clinton Anderson?). It is a pad with dimples, or recessed areas where the front of your saddle bars are. I think it is a good idea.

An even better idea would be if saddle tree manufactures would flare the ends of the bars of the saddle tree away from the horse a bit more. It wouldn't cure gross miss-fittings, but it would help a marginal fit not to dig into the horse's shoulders or loin area. I think the "Axis" saddle tree uses this concept. :)
 

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I have seen something like this for western saddles, it is an air pad, and you can inflate or deflate it depending on what you need. It wont cure a bad fit, but it sure can make it more comfortable
 

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Oh, one caveat I just thought of. If you pad to correct fit and you don't pad in just the right areas, you can make your saddle "rolly polly" on your horse if he doesn't have a good set of withers. Still a good concept, but that is a problem a person could run into.
 

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Oh, one caveat I just thought of. If you pad to correct fit and you don't pad in just the right areas, you can make your saddle "rolly polly" on your horse if he doesn't have a good set of withers. Still a good concept, but that is a problem a person could run into.

lol my horse has fair sized withers haha. and no she is not sway backed they are just big....
 
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