There is no one-size fits all solution when it comes to horse outfitting. Every saddle pad is unique just like every horse. You will need to consider the individual characteristics of your horse when choosing the right saddle pad. This is especially important for horses with high withers and a dip in the back.
When choosing a saddle pad to fit a horse with high withers and a dip in the back, there are some things you should keep in mind. You will want to ensure that the pad is thick enough for cushioning and support. To avoid placing unnecessary pressure on your horse’s miters, you will want to select a pad that has a wither relief cutout. You’ll also want the pad to reach the horse’s tail and withers.
Let’s look at some of the top saddle pads for horses that have a dip in their backs and high withers.
Our first saddle pad is the Weaver Leather AirFlex Contour SaddlePad. The pad is made of a breathable AirFlex material that conforms to the horse’s back. The pad also has a cutout for wither relief and contoured design to provide support and cushioning right where your horse is most in need.
Next on our list is Derby Originals Ultimate Contour Saddle Pad. The pad is made of a quilted, cotton fabric that is both breathable & durable. This pad features a cutout for wither relief and contoured design to provide support and cushioning for horses.
The Professional’s Choice SMX air ride saddle pad is finally here. This pad is made of a breathable, wicking fabric that will keep your horse comfortable and cool. The pad has a contoured design and a cutout for wither relief. This provides support and cushioning to your horse.
1. How can I tell if my horse is getting too much saddle pad?
You can always ask your veterinarian for advice if you are unsure whether a saddle pad is too thick or not for your horse.
2. My horse has a dip on their back but their withers don’t look very high. What kind of saddle pad should you use?
You can use a standard pad if your horse has a dip on their back, but not their withers. To avoid excessive pressure on your horse’s withers, you might consider a pad that has a cutout for wither relief.
3. My horse’s back is very level, but they have high withers. What kind of saddle pad should you use?
Standard saddle pads can be used if your horse’s back is fairly level but has high withers. To avoid excessive pressure on your horse’s withers, you might consider a pad that has a cutout for wither relief.