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Mutton Withered? Opinions Requested

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  • Mutton Withered? Opinions Requested

    Hello everyone, I have been lurking a long while, but was hoping to get opinions from you lovelies.

    My mare was underweight when when we got her and has since put on weight and has been living the easy life since it has been so hot here. Since she has muscled up/gotten back to her normal build I’m looking for a new saddle since her’s fits differently now (as expected). My other FQHB saddle seems to be ok, but it isn’t ideal for me.

    I know it’s impossible to give saddle fit advice online, but my main question is, does she look like a mutton withered horse or like she has a normal wither? I’m still relatively new to horse ownership and sometimes the example photos all look the same.

    I’ve attached photos and really appreciate the help!! (The one with a top and bottom shows the difference in size since February. She is a foundation bred QH, so I expect a wide/full bars saddle may be best.)

  • #2
    I'd say normal. She's super cute!


    • Original Poster

      Originally posted by Tee View Post
      I'd say normal. She's super cute!
      Thank you! She has definitely filled out like a little brick house and has let her personality come out in the past 6 months.


      • #4
        I would say the flat side of normal, but then again I'm used to looking at high-withered Thoroughbreds and Warmbloods!
        Pearly Oasis <3


        • #5
          Based on the first pic, my first impression was low side of "normal" for the withers, but after studying the other two pics and then coming back to the first, I think, yes, mutton withers. I think it's a trick of the angle of the photo and her coloring that makes the withers look higher in the first pic. I agree that she is very cute and thn finding a western saddle that works for her will be much easier than finding an english one!


          • #6
            Originally posted by myamego View Post
            I would say the flat side of normal, but then again I'm used to looking at high-withered Thoroughbreds and Warmbloods!
            Yup. Me too. OP's horse looks "normal" but maybe towards the end of "mutton".
            It is not enough to know how to ride; one must know how to fall.


            • #7
              my definition of mutton withered is possibly a bit different. My horse has a more prominent wither than your horse, and isnt typically mutton withered (like say a flat backed mini pony) but is definitely more mutton withered than an average horse, as he is very muscled at the base of the withers. My horses isnt that big, or wide, but his wither is as wide as his widest point. He looked like a FQHB for sure, but they didnt fit at all.
              He is a semi but with a wide open gullet (so a U not a V) luckily I found one and its a beautiful fit.
              He is a 2xw in english saddles but a SQHB stretched as wide as it goes through the head. He was a nightmare for english fit and it was getting to be as bad in western. At least he is rising 7 now so hopefully not growing!


              • #8
                Are you asking because of saddle roll? My QH has less prominent withers than yours and a Total Saddle Fit cinch has been amazing at keeping the saddle where it belongs.


                • #9
                  Can’t tell. Is she in regular work? Often they will tighten up across the top of the shoulders with regular work. She doesn’t look all that wide structurally across her withers and top of the shoulders which, to me anyway, is mutton withered. And she looks closer to level, not downhill. Appears to be some definition in those shoulders too.

                  She does look quite plump and in need of some wet saddle blankets. What a cutie too, get her to work before deciding on a saddle for her. She might not need the full QH bars, don’t think she’s all that wide along the top line. Looks a nice type and size IMO. Not a beefburger at all. See a little refinement in there.

                  Good job getting her turned around, nice mare.

                  Had alot of QHs, a couple pretty stocky but none took the FQHB.
                  When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.

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