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High Withers can be an obstacle to getting a good saddle fit. A horse with a "standard" conformation will have defined withers, but some horses' withers are especially long and angle backward to create a steep ridge descending to the back. High withers are more prominent in thoroughbreds, saddlebreds, and warmbloods, but can show up in other breeds as well.
Abnormally high withers can actually improve your horse's performance because of its increased ability to lengthen its stride. This means that once you get the right saddle fit, your horse may outperform the rest. Getting the right fit is easier for a high-withered horse because the symptom is more common than other hard-to-fit conformations.