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Re: Saddle Pads

Postby hayray » Sat Dec 03, 2011 8:25 am

Don't feel bad, most saddles I run into don't fit anything, especially the majority of Western show saddles, those just aren't made to fit a horse. Back years ago when I tranined and showed dressage we would often ride with no saddle pad because they really should not have any bearing on saddle fit. The western type saddles are pretty hard to not use with out a pad because of all the skirting that rubs and the bars are not padded.
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Re: Saddle Pads

Postby chippie » Sat Dec 03, 2011 8:32 am

Maybe this will help you with your saddle

http://imageevent.com/snithia/saddlefitting

I use this pad for my hard to fit mare. She is wide through the shoulders and withers with a short back. The overall pad is thin with support under the fork of the tree.

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http://www.valleyvet.com/ct_detail.html?pgguid=2e87c37c-7b6a-11d5-a192-00b0d0204ae5&gas=Professionals%20Choice%20saddle%20pad

Another suggestion is to be sure that the saddle is in the correct place and not too far forward. The tree should be about 2 fingers width behind the top of the shoulder. Sometimes that will make the saddle look like it is too far back, but it really isn't. Proper placement depends on the horse's conformation. Many people tend to place the saddle too far forward on top of the withers.
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Re: Saddle Pads

Postby Angus Cattle Girl » Sat Dec 03, 2011 12:53 pm

I will have to make sure on saddle placement next time I ride her. So, if my saddle is bridging, that would create pressure points on her loin & withers, correct? Would those spots be wet or dry after riding, since the entire area between those 2 points is dry?

Has anyone ever tried these?

http://shop.impactgel.com/Contour-100-XT-Lite-Gel-with-Fleece-C3WF30DBF.htm
http://www.equipedic.com/Western_Pad.htm
http://www.rods.com/Lami-Cell-Therapeutic-Pads,9997.html
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Re: Saddle Pads

Postby hayray » Sat Dec 03, 2011 6:34 pm

The front of the bars of the tree need to be on the wither.
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Re: Saddle Pads

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Re: Saddle Pads

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Re: Saddle Pads

Postby Angus Cattle Girl » Sun Dec 04, 2011 3:15 pm

I feel like my best bet right now is to find a saddle fitter. Even though I plan on selling this horse, I'm worried that this saddle won't fit other horses down the road. I'd rather have a saddle, like one of these Martin saddles, where they have developed a tree to fit a majority of horses. That way, I don't have to be worrying about finding a different saddle pad the whole time.

Does anyone know how I would find saddle fitters in Colorado?
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Re: Saddle Pads

Postby hayray » Mon Dec 05, 2011 12:07 am

Saddle fitters? - never seen one that was worth a hoot, problem is they make money going around and attempting to fit saddles but usually are short on actual riding experience. I have seen a few of them but never found one that knew what they are talking about. Better to find a good trainer in your area that knows what they are talking about or a good saddle dealer that has a lot of experience selling the right saddle to match a horse. Go to a specific saddle manufactures website and many of them have saddle fitting guidelines that you should be able to follow easily.
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Re: Saddle Pads

Postby Angus Cattle Girl » Mon Dec 05, 2011 10:58 am

Good advice! I didn't know how big of a help they would be or not!

Hopefully I will get this all sorted out when I go home in 2 weeks. Thanks all for the help! :D
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