Protecting a long back with the right saddle

Asked September 25, 2013, 11:53 PM EDT

I have a 6 year old Arabian whose conformation is quite good, with the exception that his back is about 3-4 inches longer than his loin. His back is also somewhat low. We do "back lifting" exercises with him, keep him in good weight, and he is ridden lightly 4-5 times a week. We try to keep him collected while he's ridden to further lift and strengthen his back. He is ridden by 2 adults, both of whom weigh less than 145 lbs. he is slightly over 15.1 hands. What should we look for in a saddle to help maintain his back? We don't care what type of saddle we ride in. He's currently being ridden in a western saddle, but he is accustomed to either English or western. He has many exceptional characteristics that make him worth keeping. Thanks!

Pima County Arizona

1 Response

It is impossible to give you a definitive answer about what saddle is best for you and your horse without seeing the horse and the saddle. I would recommend having someone that is a competent saddle fitter look at the saddles you have available for your horse. A person that comes to Michigan State University is Charlie Tota from Florida. I have attached a video that shows him evaluating saddle fit that may be of interest. Also, he may know of someone in your area that he would recommend.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=56CvmXoKsb4

Please let me know if you have further questions.