The verdict is that the saddle is still (STILL!) sitting too low on her back. That's causing the weight to not be evenly distributed (read: pushed to the back) which is in turn causing the rub marks toward the back of the panels. She also though there was some rubbing behind her shoulder, and when she watched her move, thought that her movement makes it tricky to eliminate all friction.
So, she was able to add some shims and lift the back of the saddle (even more). - Remember the saddle was ordered with extra lift and then sent to Burbank for even more when it arrived.... argh. Then she said that it was good we were going to Thermal because we needed to go to CWD while we ere there and have them take out the temporary shims and rework the panels.
She also told me to get an Ogilvy Pad asap since that will help even things out and also really help reduce any rubbing.
In the meantime The Mattes Half Pad is back on duty with some rear shims.
Of course, the hunt for an Ogilvy Pad started (and ended) this morning with an impulse buy from Dapple Gray. Since I have no illusions that I can keep a white pad (that also gets used daily) white for showing, we went with a "greige" body with the new barn colors as our trim - just because we could.
|So many fun options|
In truth though, if I hadn't already heard so much good stuff about these pads I would have had a hard time dropping the coin on it. Also, If I wasn't so paranoid about doing everything I can for Prair's back I probably would have mulled it over for a while longer (like maybe a day).
But when my vet says "fix the saddle" and my saddle fitter says "we can fix the saddle, but get a pad."
I get the damn pad.
Plus I love custom shit. That's not exactly a tough sell for this girl...
Stay tuned for a full report and review!