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Cayuse
Advanced Rider



Canada
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Posted - 08/27/2013 :  1:09:13 PM  Show Profile  Visit Cayuse's Homepage Send Cayuse a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I don't have a photo yet, but will try to discribe. Am riding a new horse (draftx). The saddle he has been lately ridden in is a wintec wide tree. it seems that the curve of the saddle bars fit deeply into the area behind his shoulder and once in that postion there isn't much wither clearance. He does have fair wither. Saddle doesn't seem to bother him any movement wise.. he can outwalk any horse he is with and does not present with soreness after a multiple hour ride. With the saddle dropping into the shoulder dip without room for fingers does it mean the saddle is too wide?

Cayuse
A lovely horse is always an experience...It is an emotional experience of the kind that is spoiled by words. Beryl Markham
Riding is a complicated joy. You learn something each time. It is never quite the same, and you never know it all. Monica Dickens

Cayuse
Advanced Rider



Canada
156 Posts

Posted - 10/03/2013 :  6:11:32 PM  Show Profile  Visit Cayuse's Homepage Send Cayuse a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Anyone?

Cayuse
A lovely horse is always an experience...It is an emotional experience of the kind that is spoiled by words. Beryl Markham
Riding is a complicated joy. You learn something each time. It is never quite the same, and you never know it all. Monica Dickens
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appygirl
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USA
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Posted - 10/03/2013 :  7:31:28 PM  Show Profile Send appygirl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
That's what I would think,

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The animals remember,
The earth remembers,
The stones remember,
If you know how to listen, they will tell you many things.
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SaddleExpert
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USA
43 Posts

Posted - 10/16/2013 :  4:35:38 PM  Show Profile  Visit SaddleExpert's Homepage Send SaddleExpert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi Cayuse, It doesn't sound like the horse is bothered by the saddle. Are you seeing any dry spots? Any soreness around the withers?

I'd love to see any pictures if you get a chance.
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Cayuse
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Canada
156 Posts

Posted - 10/16/2013 :  8:10:00 PM  Show Profile  Visit Cayuse's Homepage Send Cayuse a Private Message  Reply with Quote
No, I have never noticed him sore but my typical ride is 45 minutes and he doesn't work hard enough to heavily sweat. The one time it was humid enough to make him damp to me he was dry over a large area of shoulder/wither.

Cayuse
A lovely horse is always an experience...It is an emotional experience of the kind that is spoiled by words. Beryl Markham
Riding is a complicated joy. You learn something each time. It is never quite the same, and you never know it all. Monica Dickens
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EZ2SPOT
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USA
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Posted - 10/27/2013 :  8:17:24 PM  Show Profile  Visit EZ2SPOT's Homepage Send EZ2SPOT a Private Message  Reply with Quote
In my opinion, it sounds like you can quit worrying about the saddle fit. If he is happy and not sore, the fit should be reasonably good. I know there are people who will not agree with me, but I think that for a lot of horses, a perfect fit may not be possible, and there is such a thing as "good enough!"

EZ2SPOT
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