The following are signs from your horse that should alert you to the possibility of poor saddle fit:
- Sores under the saddle
- White hairs under the saddle
- Friction rubs in the hair
- Muscle atrophy on sides of the withers
- Temporary swelling immediately after removing the saddle
- Scars or hard sports
- Dry patches when the rest of the saddle area is wet with sweat.
- Dropping the back (cringing) when the back is palpated.
Many a horse has been considered bad tempered and uncooperative when he was simply in pain. Properly fitting a horse and saddle can result in a dramatic change in a horse's temperament and turn him into a willing partner.
Beth Stefani is the publisher of the http://www.Western-Saddle-Guide.com. Whether you're just starting out with horses or a seasoned horseman, the Western Saddle Guide provides all the information you need to understand, choose, and care for the saddle that's right for you.