The most important
thing said in the video is FORM FOLLOWS FUNCTION!!!!!
Saddle and other tack should be selected to allow the rider to get the maximum performance from the horse in the chosen discipline or activity.
Riding style should be one which will maximize performance. Tack should facilitate effective riding, not hinder it.
He also correctly noted that pressure points on the back are a big no-no. This true regardless of whether they are induced by the saddle (ill fit, poor design, etc.) or poor rider position or intentional rider action.
This advice could have come from anybody from Xenophon through Podhajsky to Brannaman. These things, in and of themselves, make the video valuable.
The comments on tree design have the same flaw that I've seen in other discussions of this type: promiscuous use of universals.
I'm not a QH guy, but my tenant has about 20 of them. I've been to several QH shows as her guest. QHs are NOT all conformed the same. They are similar in many ways, but a Foundation horse and a 15/16ths Appendix are going to have some differences! Some of those differences are in back conformation.
Not all gaited horses are alike. Shoot, not all Walkers are conformed alike. A Dement horse and something heavy on WGC blood are going to vary, including in the back. Now throw in a Mountain Horse and a Saddlebred and how can you make any sort of universal statement?
Finally, just to totally confuse things, lets add a Paso Fino, a Peruvian Paso, and a Mangalarga Marchador (that are all conformed like the Iberian horses that they are). Now how does one make "universal" assertions on "gaited horse conformation"?
This is not to say he's totally wrong, only that he's "over driven his headlights" in some of his assertions. But, hey, he's there to sell saddles.
Overall, I like his saddles. They appear to be of quality design
as well as quality construction. He will obtain a custom tree if required and that can be a Good Thing for the more difficult to fit horse. If I were looking for that kind of saddle I'd give his offerings a very serious look.
The video is good and worth viewing. But, like anything else, the presenter has a point of view and that should be considered when making decisions based upon the views presented.