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    Question What pads can help a too wide saddle?

    I know I know, you're all gonna say I should get a new one, but thats not an option. I ride three different horses and there is no way I could get a saddle for each one of them. Anyway, I was wondering what pads would work best to make a too wide saddle better for the horse. Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures that really show the saddle well on the horse-I have ones of me riding, and ones of the saddle on a rack. I know it's too wide because I can only get one finger under the pommel when riding, maybe two with a loosened girth and no rider. Thanks!

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    would a half pad over a quilted pad work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GGrose View Post
    would a half pad over a quilted pad work?
    thank can help, yes. It just depends on how wide the saddle is actually sitting. My saddle was just a SMIDGE wide, but fit to a T every where else, so i just double pad it, and it help out quite a bit.

    Granted, i don't ride english every day. I mostly school western. In fact, i havent ridden english since November. My horse is western-bred, so we just use huntseat as more point opportunities, and because he is one of those western ponies that can really trot out.
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    It really just depends where it's too wide, how the fit is otherwise, etc... Generally speaking, anything thicker than the current pad will make the saddle fit less 'wide'. But that can cause issues in the rear if only the front of the saddle is too wide. Then a reverse wedge pad can help, or a shimmable pad with inserts. If 'too' wide, then when you pad it up, it will make the saddle unstable. So there is definately a limit to what you can do.
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    I agree with Dawn, it really depends on where it is too wide. Is it too wide or is there muscle wastage at the shoulder that is causing the saddle to dip in front? Does it pop in the back or just dip in the front? Does the horse that it droops on have prominent withers?

    Pictures would be immensely helpful, with and without the saddle to get an idea of the shape of the back. My gelding had this problem and I bought a Cashel half pad that added just enough cushion and 'oomph' to help the saddle fit more snuggly and come up off of his withers. However, it was uniformally wide. Cashel does make wedge and reverse-wedge half pads as well that can help if there's too much width in front or back.

    I know some other half pads can be super cushiony too, but you want to avoid getting TOO much pad and losing balance or stability of the saddle.

    Just be sure that if the saddle is uniformally wide, you don't just push up the front (like with a reverse wedge) as this can cause greater pressure and contact on the rear of the saddle and cause your horse great discomfort. I know a lot of times, people want to just prop up the front off the withers and don't consider the additional weight being pushed back.
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    I promise that I will get pictures soon unfourchantly though, I won't be able too until at least Saturday, but it might not be until Tuesday... Would a picture with me on him help at all? I don't know if it will show the saddle that well though.

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    Have you tried a thick sheepskin whither pad?
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    I tried a half pad and I tried a bevel.

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    I know you can't tell much from this, but it's what I have This was with a quilted pad and half pad.

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    Go check out the pads at the BALANCEInternational.com website. I use them under my too wide saddle and they are amazing. I can change the pads and use my saddle on several of my horses. Just getting a set of pads saved me from having to have more than one saddle to fit both a 15.1 hand TB/AQHA mare and a 17 hand Irish Sport Horse. If you look in the articles section they will explain how to use the pads and fit your saddle issues. It was a life saver for me!
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