This happens in both flat backed and high withered horses,  but the horse will invariably have a prominent wither.

loaded_shoulder_affecting_saddle.jpgThis usually happens when the horse carries a lot of flesh on its shoulder and is not common in dressage saddles – the further forward cut the saddle is the more this is likely to happen and happens to a greater or lesser extent in many horses where the withers are fairly prominent and the shoulders quite broad and well muscled. Many Eventers and Show Jumpers suffer from this – it is not always seen as the saddle slipping back significantly but the saddle is moved slightly across the back at every stride, as the shoulder comes back and this creates soreness up against the spine.

A significant advance in the stability of the saddle is a feature seen in many of the NSC jump and General Purpose saddles. We have created a design where the point of the tree is left on top of the panel “floating” so that the part of the flap where the riders leg sits in a shorter stirrup scenario can move quite easily without moving the rest of the saddle.