Proper Saddle Fit and Your Horse’s Withers
Many times, I see horses with sore withers, and the owner tells me the saddle was fitted recently. Upon examination, I find the withers are sore and sensitive. When I look at the saddle, I can see it appears to be too far forward on the horse’s back or pinching the trapezius muscle (please see the red area in the picture). This muscle will also cause tightness in the neck. The remedy is to have a certified saddle fitter carry out your saddle fitting, and to have your chiropractor or veterinarian check for pinching at the panels.