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Equine Diseases - Saddling problems
Description of Equine Saddling problemsTweet
Saddling problems are sometimes mistaken for behvioural problems. Firstly, check that your horse’s saddle fits correctly. The saddle MUST fit correctly or you are inviting saddling problems. For example, if the horse has particularly high withers, a flat-pomelled saddle will cause distress. You should have your horse’s saddle checked by an expert saddler to avoid saddling problems.
Saddling problems can often lie in physical conditions. These should therefore be investigated one by one in order to arrive at the reason for your saddling problems.
Saddling problems can also be due to pain with vertebral origins. Check this out with your vet.
Another cause of saddling problems is repetitive mounting from the left side which can cause misalignment of the spine, so consider mounting from both sides to help maintain alignment.
Check to see if the saddle has an intact tree. If not, it will not sit on the back correctly and will cause pressure sores and further saddling problems.
Saddling problems are also indicated by buckling under the weight of the saddle when tacking up., biting, kicking, moving away from the saddle and becoming lame when saddled.