Saddling help for downhill horse

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  • Appydragon Original Poster
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    My horse is a 6 year old draft cross that keeps growing, both up and out. She has always been a little downhill, around August it was to the point where I had a really hard time getting comfortable in the saddle on her. Whenever I would post I felt like I was just going to catapult over her shoulder. The saddle was also constantly slipping forward on to her shoulders/neck. I switched to a dressage saddle and put the front shims in my thinline pad and it helped a lot. I have been able to comfortably ride her since until a couple of weeks ago where I started to get that “going to roll off her shoulder” feeling again and the saddle started to slip forward. Anybody else have any other suggestions I can try? I have been making calls around to saddle fitters but have had zero luck actually finding one to come out for me. 🙁

    Sydney, Appaloosa x Draft cross

    maddyhorsey
    Topics Started: 2Replies Posted: 12

    Maybe try looking into a easy change riser system.

    Appydragon Original Poster
    Topics Started: 12Replies Posted: 22

    I already have the front shims in my saddle, and isn’t the easy change riser system only for Wintec saddles?

    Sydney, Appaloosa x Draft cross

    maddyhorsey
    Topics Started: 2Replies Posted: 12

    It’s for newer wintecs and bates

    Leslie Leslie
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    It sounds like the saddle is too wide if adding front shims helped. Getting a saddle fitter out would be ideal but if that proves to be an impossible task you can learn yourself and find an appropriate saddle and/or make appropriate shims for the saddle you have.

    I highly recommend “The Horse’s Pain Free Back and Saddle Fit Book” – http://www.amazon.com/Horses-Pain-Free-Back-Saddle-Fit-Book/dp/1570762929/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1390345687&sr=1-2&keywords=pain+free+back+and+saddle+fit+book it is very in depth and covers every issue you may encounter.

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