at Thu Nov 2 20:08:31 2006 [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by KKL ]
I have a SSH/Arab mix that I got 1 1/2 years ago. We went through heck trying to fit a saddle and with his feet.
Lesson learned, it may LOOK like it fits, but it may not.
I went to http://crestridgesaddlery.com/ to get my saddle. They specifically fit gaited horses-very few can use a non gaited saddle. They have a relatively affordable saddle between $400-$500. They will have you take measurements and will fit a saddle to your horses confirmation. The straight run Sonata isn't the MOST comfortable saddle, takes a little getting used to. But it provides a very stable seat and with my narrow fast shifty horse I am always centered. I have successfully sat some very big spooks that I would not have stayed on with the other saddle I was using.
If the other saddle was uncomfortable your horse may have been bloating. Mine can take up to 12 inches in girth when he so chooses, keep walking and tightening up slowly-not sharply-to make sure it is secure.
If you don't want to purchase another saddle just yet, try a supracor pad. It helped a lot, he and I love it! I got it on ebay for 25% of the retail cost. I recommend it to anyone, especially with gaited horses or a bad saddle fit.
I have also found if you can have moderate to light hands that a wonderbit works great on him.
In regards to his feet, this has been an ongoing battle. Five farriers later in 18 months I am switching to a Equine Podiatrist in stead of a Farrier. http://equinepodiatry.net/
The last Farrier had his feet so hacked up he was on the road to Navicular according to our vet. He was forging, stumbling, out of stride and breaking his feet into the sold-huge chunks. Breaking was partially due to the weather this year dry-wet-dry-wet but also due to the feet not being finished properly.
What has worked for mine may not work for yours-but best of luck to you!
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