Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Beautiful Pacific Northwest
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High withers don't necessarily mean that you need a cutback saddle. A lot of saddles have lots of clearance in the pommel area - the Stubben being one of them. You just need a saddle that fits right.
Stubben calls their 30 cm a medium, 31 cm a medium/wide, their 32 cm and wide, and their 34 cm an extra-wide.
I can't find it right now, but I used to have a template that shows the shapes of the tree at the front for each width of Stubben. I'll look for it tomorrow if you still need it. Their 30 cm is pretty much right on a 90° angle. Their 31 cm is just over (maybe 91 or 92° - don't quote me). Take your wither-tracing. You can't really do anything without that.
I would say that if your horse is right around 90°, you should send the tracing to St Croix and see what they think. The Stubben 31 cm often fits horses that normally take a medium.
If the saddle is too wide, the problem is that the tree-angle is too wide. If you take something that's a wide angle and place it over something that's a narrower angle (try it), you get a point where the wide thing ends up putting a lot of pressure on the narrower thing. If it's just a little too wide, a nice sheepskin or felted wool pad or foam correction 1/2 pad can help a lot. If it's much too wide, it won't be good.
But won't the Stubben be too big for you? Isn't that the one that's a 17.5" seat? I'm 5.9" and use a 17.5" seat in a Stubben.