Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
My suggestion, is to hire a Professional Saddle Maker/Fitter to come out to your barnf to help you.
Express your concerns on the phone, let them know where you are and what you are doing riding wise and let them know your goals and wants. Talk about your horse and etc,etc - after that, a good one should come out to your barn, with a truck full of saddles, their tools and knowledge to help you on your path.
When I hired the Professional who came out to me, did just this. Got their tools out, measured Nelson, examined his back, and then started to put saddles on. When he found a great fit for him, he then had me ride in it - to watch. He watched how I rode and how I was positioned in it, how Nelson moved and how he worked with it on his back. The process continued from there until we found a great match for the both of us.
What brand, model, make of sadde works for one horse/rider combination, may not work for you. So instead of recieving tons of suggestions, cause you'll get a variety of answers - gave someone come to you in person to work with you 1 on 1.
A good saddler will cost anywhere bewtween $75 - $100+.
All the best to you!