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post #1 of 3 Old 09-02-2018, 12:49 AM Thread Starter
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Saddle fit help

Western Saddle fit help... So I have a saddle that I am guessing that the gullet is too small on my horse, it doesn’t sit on her back quite right... Although when I take it off it’s wet on the top on the ribs, not on the spine, and all the hair is going the right way. But several people on here have said it’s not the right fit. So I was going to
Fix that. I added photos in case anyone can spot the issues. And no I don’t use a bit.
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post #2 of 3 Old 09-02-2018, 12:58 AM
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It looks like a bad fit to me. Too tight in the gullet - you don't have room for a pad under that.

Are you riding with any pad at all or just the blanket?

Edit: I guess that's a pad, but there's not much to it at all. I'd say you need a saddle with a wider gullet and a better pad.

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post #3 of 3 Old 09-02-2018, 01:09 AM
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Also, in your second to last picture, it's back too far. See how your girth is slanted? It should run almost straight up and down, right behind the shoulder, the girth should fall right behind the armpit area (if a horse has armpits) but still leave room for shoulder action. The skirt is right up on his flank and it shouldn't be. That's a no fly zone - you don't want anything rubbing or irritating a horse at their flanks or you might get to experience a rodeo bucking bronc event.

Don't let sweat patterns fool you. Just because a horse sweats a clean pattern under a saddle, doesn't mean it fits.

Have you noticed any really smooshed looking spots when you pull it off? I know if we ride this one Billy Cook ranch saddle we have on Sarge, when I pull it off, he has a spot on each shoulder where the hair is pressed down hard and he'll be tender there the next day (So we never, ever ride him in that particular saddle - he's just too big).

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