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Old 11-01-2010, 09:44 PM   #1
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Need a Good Saddle Pad for older swayed back horse

My first horse is soon to be 27 (I've had him since he was 6). He is still quite active and capable of riding...but I haven't actively ridden him in about 6 months because his back has finally developed the "old horse sway back". His saddle no longer fits him and was causing him to have severe sore back. I have been looking for a good sway back or theropudeic pad to help him so we can still do some light riding but haven't found anything I like the looks of yet.

any recommendations?
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Old 11-01-2010, 09:48 PM   #2
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PM sonseeray's girl. She found some really nice pads to help swayback horses be more comfortable.
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Old 11-02-2010, 04:46 AM   #3
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There's a swayback pad by Reinsman that I haven't tried yet, but looks really good.

There's also this lady:

who is absolutely fabulous and will help you either design shims for your saddle to help him or will give you the best advice about where he needs the support. I cannot say enough good things about her.
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Old 11-02-2010, 05:42 AM   #4
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Hi I have a pro choice pad I just bought it has 3 shims ( removeable) along the back it is barley used I got it for my gelding that had a long back and was but high it fit him well I had to shim the front of the saddle to level it out it is purple color will sell only used about 6 times. PM me if interested. Special pad are pricey from my shopping experiance this spring.
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Old 11-02-2010, 06:00 AM   #5
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This one by cashel is great
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Old 11-02-2010, 06:12 AM   #6
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Western or English???

Reinsman will bridge about 2 inches. Cashel about 1 1/2. Sometimes it's a combination of two or more pads that works.
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Old 11-02-2010, 08:10 AM   #7
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When my Arab's back dropped I used thick chunks of upholstery foam in the areas that needed building up. In the center of his back there was probably 8" of foam as it took that much to compress yet support the saddle. It's easy to trim with a sharp knife and quite inexpensive. Most foam is 4" thick. You will want to trim it down a bit along the bottom edge as that area doesn't need additional support. When the back drops the ribs become wider so you don't need any extra padding along the bottom edge of the bars.
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