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[RC] Fwd: question for mule owners - Esprech

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   I have recently acquired a 10 year old molly mule. Sweet dispostion but 
out of shape. I am hoping to have her ready to do the biltmore ride at the end 
of sept, slow of course. My main question is on saddle fite. I currently ride 
my appendix mare w/an orthoflex express lite. Placed it on the mule last 
night. It seems that it would fit great if it would stay in place. But as of 
now she is narrow around her shoulders/withers area vs giant belly. . I can 
place the saddle behind the blades and be ok. Problem is when I tighten her 
girth her gut (she looks like she is ready to foal any moment) pushes the girth 
forward and therefore drags the saddle on top of her withers. I have thought of 
using a crupper, but am afraid that would be so tight from her enormous belly 
pushing on the saddle taht it would make the crupper very tight. 
any suggestions?
Grace Sprecher

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