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[RC] re: saddle pads/slippage - Cindy Collins

Hi, Sandy. My gelding has exactly that conformation...huge withers and big dip behind the shoulders. Interestingly, the Freeform DKR saddle with the Haf pad and one permanent shim over the hollow area behind each shoulder and he's done wonderfully. I see that Freeform now has cut back and that would likely be even better. Also, using the pad set up this way (I put velcro on the shim, so it doesn't move), a friend recently rode him in a 50 miler using a borrowed Wintec Isabelle dressage saddle. The other really important factor in all this is that I used Karen Chaton's super idea about punching small holes in the front of the pad and using clips to hold it to the dee rings in the front of the saddle. Best thing I ever did for slippage! http://enduranceridestuff.com/blog/?s=saddle+pad+clips If the saddle basically fit your horses back except for the dips, I would have to tell you that the shims are worth it. You just need to experiment on how to keep them in place permanently and how to attach the pad so it doesn't ever slip. Good luck. Cindy

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