Don't think he looks swayed but can't tell much from those pics. The first one would be a good angle to see, if the pad wasn't in the way!
Regardless of his shape, if the saddle doesn't fit, 'shimming' or padding can be an effective enough temporary measure, *if* the saddle is wide enough to accommodate without making it too tight. Riding bareback is also helpful if a saddle can't fit a shape without 'room to grow'. If his shape's not going to change with strength, then I'd be looking for a saddle that fit him better, rather than trying to pad to make it fit.
a saddle blanket (the purple blanket in first pic) is what I meant I put a saddle blanket over top of the pad and my saddle fits him I had my trainer be sure before I bought it.Don't know what you mean by 'with a blanket on top' but can't tell anything about fit from that pic, except the saddle's not too long for him.
I posted the thread to see opinions on if my horse is swayback and if so would he benefit from a thicker pad. I just bought him the gray one pictured he had only the purple blanket and not as thick pad on before.You've got a pad under it already. Too much padding isn't helpful. If you're so sure your saddle fits already, I don't get why you're considering different padding & why you posted that pic??:? The saddle might be a bit far forward in that pic, but would need to see it without padding to be sure.
Thank you for your input. I had the vet out yesterday he said my horse isn't swayback he just has higher withers. he just recommended a thicker pad since the one I used before wasn't thick enough.Like I said, you can't tell from those pics. If the saddle truly fits, it fits. Therefore there is no need for any particular sort of padding. If it fits well, it also shouldn't interfere with further 'topline' development. But in reality, they often do & I'd advise lots of building exercises off the horse's back & also bareback if that's the case. If the saddle doesn't fit & you think he's sway backed & that's the reason, then yes, a particular pad or shimming may be helpful.
ok thanks I tried the pad before I bought it its actually really nice for my horse and he seems to be performing better with it so hes more comfortable with this pad.Yep, just remember a thick pad will also change the fit of a saddle, may make it too tight over the shoulders or spine.
Hello, I'm new to horses and I am currently leasing a pretty big boy who also is high withered. His owner has a cut-back orthopedic pad that she likes for me (and her) to use on him. Seems to do the trickThank you for your input. I had the vet out yesterday he said my horse isn't swayback he just has higher withers. he just recommended a thicker pad since the one I used before wasn't thick enough.
ps I posted this thread before the vet came)