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[RC] outgrowing saddles - K Owens

Dear Nancy;
I have found that lots of people think that their horses are "outgrowing" saddles when often they are too wide to start with. Some products such as shoes(people shoes, that is), you can wear when they are too large and they kinda feel good that way. Saddles are different. When they are too large(wide) they fall down in the front, and often cause dry spots in the shoulders. Then people react with, "Oh, this saddle is too small!!" and go wider. And wider. What you want to look for is a saddle to sit relatively level when it is being ridden. If a rider has this feeling of falling forward, shoves their feet in front of them while posting to hold their balance, the saddle could be too wide in the gullet. When it is too wide, you effectively cause a downhill horse...where the saddle puts too much pressure on the shoulders. Another thing to look for is the rear of the saddle tree flipping up off the loin area(can scrub the hair off, too). If the front goes down, the rear goes up. Stinkbug position. Anyway, if you have a saddle that fits and simply needs new rigging straps, take Don's advice and get them fixed! Katee
Advantage Saddles



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