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 Posted: Thu Aug 6th, 2009 10:17 pm
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traildancer
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I use two pads, both 1" wool felt with canvas covers.  The bottom one is an oversized pack pad so that the panniers don't rub and then a regular sized pad on top.

He had an even sweat pattern.



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What kind of padding did you use under the pack saddle?



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My pack horse is a 5-year-old MFT about 15.1hh.  He is still quite narrow in the shoulders.  Last week I packed him into the Three Sisters Wilderness in Oregon for a week.  I use a sawbuck pack saddle.  My concern is that it seemed the saddle rode too far up on his withers with the load on.  He started out with about 200 lbs. which lessened each day as we all ate!!  Anyway, when I would look at him sideways, there seemed to be a lot of loin showing and the front of the panniers was almost in front of his shoulder.  I tried re-saddling him; tightening the britchin'; loosening the breast collar.  All that did was rub him cheeks raw.  He's black so he looks pretty funny with two bright pink spots on his derriere.

My sister-in-law went to a gaited clinician recently and this person said that more forward was better, even with pack saddles.  And, yes, this person packs.  I know that horses carry most of the weight on the front end but this seems excessive.  I ride him with a Brenda Imus saddle and it sits further forward than I am used to, but doesn't seem to bother him, although I do use a crupper because of the narrow shoulders.

Sunday I am packing him in to the Marble Mountain Wilderness in Northern California.  He won't be carrying as much gear, but I still wonder about the placement of the pack saddle.

Coming out of the Sisters I packed my riding horse, who was NOT amused and couldn't figure out how wide he was until the last 15 minutes of the ride!  I don't mind doing that.  He's a MFT also, but shorter and more compact.  The saddle looked better on Sailor.  Maybe it's just because Captain has a longer back than Sailor, although Sailor does have nice shoulders.

Any comments?  Thanks.



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