How do I stop my saddle bridging?

TW Saddlery – How To Shim For Bridging – YouTube

Why does my saddle bridge?

A swayback causes “bridging” of the saddle. The bars only make contact in the front and rear of the saddle, putting excess pressure or rubbing the withers and loins. It can be seen in older horses, and poorly conditioned horses, and is a common saddle fitting problem. It can be remedied with the use of a bridge pad.

How do you tell if your saddle doesn’t fit your horse?

  1. Avoidance behaviours – trying to walk away when being tacked up.
  2. Ears back/head shaking when saddle comes close by.
  3. Excessive tail swishing both in the stable and when ridden.
  4. Pawing the ground.
  5. Threatening to bite you when you come close with the saddle.

How do you use saddle pad shims?

Filling the void with Mattes saddle pads and shims – YouTube

What happens if saddle is too long?

A horse ridden in a saddle that is too long will often tighten his lower back muscles; in some cases, you can actually see the horse hollow and drop his back in an attempt to get away from the pressure of the saddle. He may even buck in extreme cases, in an effort to get the weight off his lumbar area.

What sweat marks tell you about saddle fit?

One of the most misunderstood indicators of saddle fit – good or bad – are the sweat marks left behind after a ride and when the pad has been removed. Logic dictates that the dust pattern on your pad and the sweat marks on your horse should ideally look somewhat like the photos attached.

Why does my saddle lift at the back?

The most common reason for excessive movement and bounce at the back of the saddle is panel related. If, as above, the panel is badly flocked, uneven in fit and consistency or over or under flocked the saddle will not conform to the shape of the horse’s back and movement may occur.

How do you fit a saddle to a horse with high withers?

Saddle Fitting for Thoroughbreds & High Withered Horses – YouTube

Why does my saddle slide back UK?

Saddle fit and girth type are likely to be the main causes for your saddle sliding back when riding. It is more likely the saddle is too wide rather than too narrow for it to slide back.

How do you check if a saddle is bridging?

A big “tell” is dry spots over the withers and on the lumbar area after a ride. Another thing you can do is feel under the center of the saddle once it is fully girthed. If there’s much more contact under the front and back of the saddle compared to the center, you probably have bridging.

How do I know if my saddle is too small for my rider?

While you don’t generally see many people riding in saddles that are too large, it’s common to see riders in saddles that are too small. As a rule of thumb, you should be able to fit at least a four-finger width between the end of your seat and the cantle. Any less than that and the saddle is too small.

How do you Reflock a saddle?

A FULL REFLOCK! Watch me reflock an entire saddle… from start to finish …

How do you pad a saddle on a bridge?

Imus Have a Heart Bridge Pad Video – YouTube

How do you use a bridge pad?

Julie Goodnight: Saddle Fit Help; Using Bridge Pads – YouTube

Is my saddle too far forward horse?

A saddle placed too far forward has the front of the panels sitting over the back of the shoulder blade. This produces interference with shoulder extension, reducing the reach of the foreleg. Often there is a shortness and choppiness of stride which can mimic navicular disease.

Should a saddle lift at the back?

The saddle should not touch the horse’s spine above, at the sides or along its whole length. Look from the front and back and feel for this down the gullet.

How far forward should a saddle sit on a horse?

The saddle should have 2-3 fingers clearance on the top and around the side of the withers. The saddle must have be an opening (clearance) on the sides of his withers to accommodate the shoulder rotation upwards and backwards during movement. A horse whose saddle pinches his withers may be reluctant to go forward.


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