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  • shannon-giggy Original Poster
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    My horse had very high withers and the pommel touches them when I ride. He’s getting rubs and sores and I feel terrible. Luckily I discovered the six-point wither relief pad, which seems amazing, but I’m not sure whether it’s worth the investment. I found and ECP shimmable correction pad on amazon for only $45, and I would much rather spend that amount then $180. I’m also selling my current horse soon, and I’m not sure if my new one will have shark-fin withers like him. Im not sure if putting a lower withered horse in a relief pad would be the right thing to do, but I only have money for one pad.

    Does anyone know if a regular cotton ECP pad gets the job done? Or should I make the investment.

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
    Topics Started: 17Replies Posted: 1205

    It sounds to me as if you need a new saddle, which fits properly, rather than a different pad. However, if you are selling the horse, the point is moot. Why not wait until you have the new horse before purchasing something that may not be necessary? In the interim, you could use a pommel pad (if they still make them) which is smallish, and goes under the saddle but over your regular pad. If you cannot find them anywhere, I can measure mine and you could make your own. It is just a double layer of the imitation sheepskin, which helps to raise the pommel and take the pressure off the withers.

    It is never the horse's fault

    pheets pheets
    Topics Started: 5Replies Posted: 475

    No amount of padding or any type of material will fix an ill-fitting saddle correctly if the fit is too far off. The (any) saddle fit should be evaluated and initially, the horse should be measured as saddles do come in varying gullet widths and can be flocked/stuffed to specific dimensions and shapes. Think ill-fitting shoe (put a size 8 foot in a size 6 shoe to start with): put on an extra heavy sock to comfort the pinches: cry mia river about the lack of comfort and how the extra thick sock isn’t working. Apply this line of thinking to your horse’s saddle and back, add to it someone bouncing around in/on it (not implying that your riding skills are lesser, just that there is mobile weight in the saddle that will compound an already poor fit, regardless of skill)…

    Joe-Joe is right to suggest holding off on a new saddle til a new horse is determined since horses come in ALL shapes and sizes : ) When you DO find a good candidate, at least ask about the tree (Narrow? Medium? Wide?) that fits the horse best, THEN saddle shop. It can save you a ton of money both in product and service. It will spare your new horse a slew of issues as well.

    Good luck in your hunt for a new horse, Shannon, it can be a fantastic journey : )

    Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.

    G & S
    Topics Started: 16Replies Posted: 249

    One of the simpler solutions to this problem is to get a saddle that has a cutback pommel that allows the fish fin wither to stick up through the cut back area area, instead of the pommel sitting over the withers as most saddles do. I suppose the questions really comes down to how soon you plan to sell the current source, and whether you can afford and find a correct used saddle for this horse that you may need to sell with him. After all, the new owner(s) will have the same saddle fit problem you have, so this might by an option.

    ShilohsGirl ShilohsGirl
    Topics Started: 7Replies Posted: 49

    Agreed, padding doesn’t help. My pony had shark withers, and we found an old hunt saddle to fit her. It is very cut back, but it is really comfortable.

    "Think of riding as a science, but love it as an art" ~George Morris

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