View Full Version : Pad to improve saddle fit?

Crown Royal
Nov. 7, 2011, 07:28 AM
I have a wide tree Crosby PDN and more of a medium tree sized TB gelding...needless to say, it's too wide and puts too much pressure on his withers (which are not ununsually high). Aside from purchasing another saddle to fit him, what would be your general recommendations for pads that will improve the fit? I know it isn't ideal, but I've heard that if you have to have one saddle for multiple horses, a wide one is typically your best bet since you can always add a pad underneath to help. So what would you suggest? I have a sheepskin Roma half pad for him- is that enough? Or would something with a wither relief or gel be better? I just want to keep him happy. Thanks!

Ps-if you could link to things that are under $150, that would be fantastic!

Nov. 7, 2011, 07:44 AM
A picture would be very, very helpful in this case.

A PDN doesn't have the tallest pommel, so even if it fits around the withers correctly, it can easily start sitting on the top of it with a wither that isn't even all that high.

So, what exactly do you mean it is pressing on it - on the top? Along the sides?

Nov. 7, 2011, 08:01 AM
If it's on his withers (which is what I read "pressing on" to be, apologies if I am incorrect) then a pad will really not fix that and I'd suggest a new saddle. I guess you could try a front riser pad but I've never been a huge fan of them.

Nov. 7, 2011, 09:32 AM
If it's resting on top of the withers, then IF it's because it's too wide and sitting too low in front, that's an ideal situation to fix with a shim - not necessarily a whole thicker pad, but at least a shim up front.

But if it's resting on top of the withers because the pommel is not tall enough to accommodate them, then no, nothing will fix that. Adding padding to raise the saddle will make the fit too narrow.

Nov. 8, 2011, 09:27 PM


Nov. 9, 2011, 01:01 PM
I also like the eco-gold products.

But I'd strongly suggest you get a reputable saddle fitter out to see if a pad will fix the problem and then help you know how to shim to make the saddle fit. There's a real art to it.

Nov. 9, 2011, 02:52 PM
I'd go for the Fleeceworks Prefect balance pad - a band aid to be sure, but it would lift the whole saddle off the hroses back provided you spend the extra 20 bucks for the rear shims. I bought one at the farm house several years ago and had good luck with it as a bandaid on a saddle and it's held up pretty well. But in the long term if you plan on keeping this guy for a while, you should start stashing away some spare change to buy him something that'll fit him for life.
heres a link to the pad i bought

Nov. 9, 2011, 02:57 PM
I recently traded saddle pads with a friend, and I traded a sheepskin one for this Lami-Cell pad, and it helps make the fit of my saddle a lot better on the multiple horses I ride.


I honestly do not use any other pad anymore.