By Rosemary on Monday, the 22nd of January, 2018
At this time of year we experience a higher number of calls from customers concerned about rub marks at the back edge of the saddle. This of course could be a sign that your saddle needs checking. It could mean that the saddle width/balance needs a small adjustment which is not unusual coming through winter, as many horses are at their slimmest.
However if this isn't the case and you have recently had your saddle checked or your horse is very happy in his/her saddle, then it is most likely you are seeing the natural movement at the back of the saddle which it should have. It can become more noticeable due to the coat change they will now be experiencing at this time of year.
You may also notice additional rubbing around the edges of the numnah, especially if it has a firm binding. This can also be due to coat change.
We recommend to apply a little show sheen to the small area that has rubbed to help the saddle cloth glide over a little more easily.
BUT, be very careful not to apply under the saddle and to wash your hands before riding, as slippery saddles or reins are not advisable!
If you have any concerns regarding rub marks please call us here at Martin Wilkinson Saddlers, we will be happy to chat with you and offer advice.