Fitting a new saddle

I have a barrel horse and I just bought a new barrel saddle. It seems to be to small for his withers. But a the saddles I have tried on him are this way. He has a high wither bone. Do I need to get a new saddle ar do I need to get a wither pad? If you could e-mail me back that would be great!I have a barrel horse and I just bought a new barrel saddle. It seems to be to small for his withers. But a the saddles I have tried on him are this way. He has a high wither bone. Do I need to get a new saddle ar do I need to get a wither pad? If you could e-mail me back that would be great!

Story originally posted by: Dr. Michael Lowder, DVM, MSUniv. of GA School of Veterinary Medicine

Hello,
I have a barrel horse and I just bought a new barrel saddle. It seems to be to small for his withers. But a the saddles I have tried on him are this way. He has a high wither bone. Do I need to get a new saddle ar do I need to get a wither pad? If you could e-mail me back that would be great!

Thanks
Nikki

Nikki,

Just get your self a thick wither pad and see how the saddle fits. If it still does not fit well, now is the time to return the saddle.

Thanks,
Mike