Originally Posted by kevinshorses
You buy a horse with a good back and a good quality saddle and you won't have to worry about saddle fit. You shouldn't have to have a saddle custom fit to your horse to prevent soreness. I ride several different horses and I ride them hard but my saddle doesn't hurt them because it is a good quality saddle and they have proper conformation at least in regards to thier back.
Depends what sort of saddle you're riding in.
I have has huge issues trying to fit saddles to one horse of mine in particular, she had lovely conformation, nice length back, good solid sloping shoulders and a great size wither, but trying to fit a dressage saddle to her was horrendous! We went though so many excellent quality, expenisve saddles and nothing would fit without serious re-adjustment. The last saddle I tried was an old synthetic Wintec that had been sitting around for years, and it sat perfectly on her!! So no, I don't completely agree that the saddle has to be top quality to fit ;)