Over the past 6 or 7 months my horse has been through the mill somewhat. He was ill over the winter and lost a lot of weight, I had some issues getting his saddle to fit but got one of those mattes pads with the inserts to fill in the gaps due to lost weight/muscle mass. Anyway, he's mostly back up to weight now and the shims have been taken out of the pad but i'm noticing that when I lunge him the cantle of his saddle seems to move around a lot.
So today when I was out at the barn I tried to get a wither tracing but the wire I had wasn't bendy enough so i'll have to try that again. I also put his saddle on without a pad and felt around to see if there was anything obviously wrong. Looking down his back the gullet seems to have a nice gap off his back, the flaps aren't pinching as far as I can tell and depending on how he's standing the back panels seem to be in contact with his back.
At this point I should say yes I realize I should get a saddle fitter out to see him properly and I will; but he's going to the trainer in 2 weeks so i'm guessing his muscles and topline will change a bit so i'll have someone out after he gets home a the end of next month.
Anyway, I took a few photos that I would like opinions on.
First his bare back
Next from one side (not standing as square as he could but the rest of his buddies were being turned out)
And then up close of the saddle
I think once I get a wither tracing and can properly size the gullet and possibly change out the gullet it might stop the back end swinging so much.
Question: does it look like i've maybe put the saddle a touch to far forward?
Also, to me at least it looks like the pommel is just a touch higher than the cantle, so maybe the gullet isn't wide enough?
I've noticed when I ride the saddle does tend to slide slightly to the left, this could be me putting too much weight into the left stirrup but the fact the saddle slides isn't good.
On a more positive note i've found an instructor who will come out to the barn and give me dressage lessons, it'll be the first time i've taken a dressage lesson on my own horse :)