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nicole.b
Reg. Jul 2015
Posted 2018-07-13 10:02 AM (#7402298)
Subject: Lightweight/short skirt saddles?


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My horse came up sore in his lower back/SI due to the saddle putting too much pressure on his lower back area. With that being said, I am going to be saddle shopping but don't know where to start. I have tried a Crown C, an older Josey, Circle Y, and multiple Shiloh's with no luck. I am thinking about getting a Brazilian. Suggestions?

Edit: Yes, this was found out by my vet. He is not sore in hocks or stifles, we did a full lameness and this was the diagnosis and I had my vet put my saddle on him for me to explain how it was making him sore. We injected his SI and lumbar area and he said to find a new saddle that fits and bring him back in a few weeks to make sure he's getting better and that there isn't any soreness in hocks/stifles that he was masking from his back.

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RedHead84
Reg. Dec 2014
Posted 2018-07-13 10:21 AM (#7402301 - in reply to #7402298)
Subject: RE: Lightweight/short skirt saddles?



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Were you told by a vet or chiropractor that the saddle is the ONLY reason he's sore? I feel like there might be an underlying condition.

Do you have a picture of how your current saddle sits on him?
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OhMax
Reg. Feb 2013
Posted 2018-07-13 10:23 AM (#7402302 - in reply to #7402298)
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Who told you that is why he was sore? Just asking, when my horse was sore farther back it was because the saddle was putting pressure on him behind his shoulders, that particular muscle has a connection point at the end of the ribs and they can actually get sore there vs at the pressure point itself.

Just food for though. I also went with a shorter skirt for a while but ended up with a Burns - they put larger skirts on because it helps distribute the weight and pressure better. I’ve been super happy with the fit I’ve seen on a variety of horses.
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Southtxponygirl
Reg. Nov 2006
Posted 2018-07-13 10:31 AM (#7402303 - in reply to #7402298)
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nicole.b - 2018-07-13 10:02 AM My horse came up sore in his lower back/SI due to the saddle putting too much pressure on his lower back area. With that being said, I am going to be saddle shopping but don't know where to start. I have tried a Crown C, an older Josey, Circle Y, and multiple Shiloh's with no luck. I am thinking about getting a Brazilian. Suggestions?

I would think theres more going on with this horses back, I would have him checked for Kissing spine to at least rule that out. Is this horse short backed? If so I would be looking for a round skirted saddle. Hope you can find the problem thats causing the back issue soon. 
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2H~QH
Reg. Jul 2014
Posted 2018-07-13 11:58 AM (#7402310 - in reply to #7402298)
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Have you tried the Cactus CJ saddles with a round skirt? I had one and there was almost no skirt behind at all, my horse was very short backed and it fit her nicely (no rub on the flank area). IIRC it was nice and light also.
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cutnrunqhmt
Reg. Oct 2010
Posted 2018-07-15 12:39 AM (#7402402 - in reply to #7402298)
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I ride a burns with spine relief I will never have another saddle without an open spine. I just tried a Len Brown and they look a little odd but very comfy, short and seemed to fit very well. Those longer saddles really do contribute to sore lower back on some horses although kissing spine would be something to check into. My daughter just helped a friend bring a mare back who likely has kissing spine, she had a large lump on her spine about 2 inches in height and 4-5 inches long. The mare was completely unsound and vets were not sure she would ever be ridden. They have worked on her a year or better. She set up a new exercise program for her with lots of long and low work getting her to round and build top line and strength again. She just made her first runs on her the last few weeks and she was in the 2D the first run and back in the 1D the next. I suggest finding an exercise program to help keep that back strong.
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