Posted: Sun Aug 14, 2005 6:01 am Post subject: Barefoot Western
Thank you for this interesting website if have had so many eyeopeners !!!
NowI have an question , I ride with an barefoot western saddle with the grandeur saddle pad on a shortbacked quarterhorse mare, when I try to put my saddle behind her shoulder the end of the saddle is over her hip and the girth is out of position so in my opion I have to put the saddle more forward.
Is this an problem or do you have an other option.
Sounds to me like it's too long for her body. The Barefoot Western is fairly long, and some horses just have short backs.
This is a problem. Putting it further forward means that the weight at the pommel is resting on her shoulderblade instead of her back. That's one of the worse things you can do with a saddle; a shoulderblade is not able to support weight well, and you can damage both it and the skin over it. If a saddle is too long for your horse's back, simply pulling it forward is not a sufficient answer. The horse needs a different saddle.