saddle fit -- the distance rider's bane
Sat, 1 Nov 1997 20:13:19 -0800 (PST)

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From: Chris Paus

I have a terrific half Arab gelding that is the energizer bunny of horses and has a great personality. Unfortunatly, his back seems to be hard to fit with the right saddle.

Any suggestions for a limited budget (uner $1,000). This horse is 15.1HH, very short back, very leggy,and a barrel shaped belly so the girth always slides forward sending the saddle forward.

I've tried western saddles, english saddles, a Marciante, two wintecs, a Stonewall. The white hair below his withers on each side is getting more pronounced on his blood bay coat.

Every saddle I try leaves a dry pressure mark just below the withers.

Any ideas will be appreciated.