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Cayuse
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Canada
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Posted - 09/23/2013 :  08:32:03 AM  Show Profile  Visit Cayuse's Homepage Send Cayuse a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Someone mentioned in one of my threads a while back that it is better to have a saddle too wide rather than too narrow, and to pad up the difference. I am just wondering if wither pads would be useful in that situation rather than have two pads on the horse, risking saddle roll. Also wondering if they would help provide wither clearance in the case of a saddle being too wide. Thanks for any comments.

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

Red Hawk
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USA
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Posted - 09/23/2013 :  09:25:12 AM  Show Profile Send Red Hawk a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Of course it's much better to have a saddle that fits your horse rather than one that doesn't. That said; my barrel saddle that I use for trail riding will leave dry spots near and just below Terra's withers if I ride with what I'd call a normal type saddle pad, regardless of how thick or thin the pad is.

Terra is slender-made with prominent withers, which makes fitting a saddle to her rather difficult. What's worked for me is a cut-back built-up pad. The pad is thicker in the front with a slot to allow the withers room. Terra likes it, and I've had no more dry spots. If your problem is like my problem, you might try this.

But by all means, if you can fit the saddle to your horse, do so .

"God forbid that I should go to any heaven in which there are no horses"
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Cayuse
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Canada
156 Posts

Posted - 09/23/2013 :  10:24:25 AM  Show Profile  Visit Cayuse's Homepage Send Cayuse a Private Message  Reply with Quote
RH- cut back/ built up pads are another option I have been looking at. And yes, the horse i currrently ride is a draftx, who has higher withers. I do not own him so can't afford to look for a saddle to fit a specific horse, unfortunatley. Would you go with a built up pad rather than the wither pad?

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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Posted - 09/23/2013 :  12:31:31 PM  Show Profile  Visit EZ2SPOT's Homepage Send EZ2SPOT a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I never had much luck with those withers pads, if you mean the little ones you are supposed to put on top of your regular pad. They just don't seem to put the padding in the right place. BUT...it might have been just my horse. It would be great if you could borrow one from somebody, to see if it would work for you, before buying one.

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Red Hawk
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Posted - 09/24/2013 :  10:05:34 AM  Show Profile Send Red Hawk a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Cayuse

RH- cut back/ built up pads are another option I have been looking at. And yes, the horse i currrently ride is a draftx, who has higher withers. I do not own him so can't afford to look for a saddle to fit a specific horse, unfortunatley. Would you go with a built up pad rather than the wither pad?


I wasn't sure what a wither pad was until EZ's post, and like her I'd think it'd be much easier to go with a single pad than two just because it's less hassle regardless of what you decide to do. JMO

"God forbid that I should go to any heaven in which there are no horses"
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Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend.
-- Author Unknown
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Cayuse
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Canada
156 Posts

Posted - 10/02/2013 :  12:56:56 PM  Show Profile  Visit Cayuse's Homepage Send Cayuse a Private Message  Reply with Quote
definitely simpler with less gear. I think I will try a built up pad.

Cayuse
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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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