Well, ok, now I have owned a Peruvian horse for over a decade but I have never had the opportunity to acquire Peruvian tack until lately. I have always ridden that mare in my heavy western saddle and never had any issues. I recently purchased a second full blooded Peruvian mare she came with a beautiful Peruvian bit and that pad that goes over a Peruvian saddle. I think its called a pellonera or maybe a pellon. Forgive my ignorance. I will post photos of it. While I have looked at photos of the Peruvian saddles yesterday was the first time I was able to actually feel and ride in one. A friend has a saddle on loan to me and I am thinking of purchasing it from her.
Anyway, I have the two mares that I have put this saddle on. The first mare I used a rug of sorts that I know was not adequate but it was what I had for the day so I gave it a whirl. After about an hour and a half ride, I untacked her and the right side of her back was wet and the left side dry and her spine area was dry and I got to thinking, thats odd, but like my husband says due to my bum leg I ride heavier on the better leg and that explained part of it. The horses performance was fine, no gaiting issues and from what I could tell other than the saddle sitting high over the spine I thought well, it fitted her pretty good.. BUT! Those dang wet and dry areas were telling me otherwise.
On the other mare I was able to use my fleece pad and the second mare after being worked for about an hour came up dry over her spine and dry on the sides but wet where the pad was by the fenders. So it got me thinking.. is this how a Peruvian saddle should fit judging by those sweat marks? I dont know! I do know the mare worked fine on Saturday while using the heavy western saddle that I have ridden her in for many years and on Saturday as usual, the saddle area was wet and there were no hot spots at all. She worked fine that day, no gaiting issues and was eager.
So now today (Monday) I tried the Peruvian saddle and used the blue fleece ppad that I used with her western saddle and after about a half hour she was tired and all she wanted to do was walk.. so we finished the session just walking. She did not appear to be lame at all.. but we walked the final minutes of her session and after untacking the Peruvian saddle, she was only wet a little and pretty much where the fenders and cinch area was covered by the fleece pad and dry on both sides above there and also dry on the spine..... she was balky on the later have of the session and was not to eager to go as she was when on the trail ride.
So ok, tack experts.. whats the verdict.. is this an ill fitting saddle on both the horses? or just one and which one? I dont really have a clue how the "sweat" is supposed to show after a ride with a Peruvian saddle so I need some opinions here.
Here is the first mare (below) ridden in a different rug.. and I know I should prolly find on that fits the cut of this saddle.. and it has the pellon (pellonera ?) on the top of the saddle....