Originally Posted by iridehorses
Personally I still think everyone is over thinking this chicken or egg thing. Let's say you get your horse first then have your saddle made for him. What do you do when it's time to move up to a better horse or if that horse doesn't work or gains/looses weight/muscle? Do you get another saddle? Most likely not.
Most people like a horse with a certain build. A custom saddle can be altered to a good extent to fit a range of horses. Will it fit all horses? Certainly not but it will fit a lot of horses (with some alteration) within a build range.
I completely agree. I think it is insane to have a saddle custom made to fit one horse. Aside from the fact that a well made saddle will last 2-3 times longer than a horses rideable life, a horses back changes drastically over a lifetime. A 2yo horses back will not look the same as it will when the horse is 7 or when the horse is 20. If you know you are going to be riding TBs then get a saddle that will accomodate the type of TB that you are most likely to own and don't buy any that are not of that type.