THE Rocky I bought last year was having saddle fit issues. I was using my Circle Y 3/4 bars square skirted saddle. His shoulders were restricted and it was to0 long. Used a friends cordura saddle on him and the change was instant!
She thought it was a flex-tree gaited saddle and helped me to pick out one. The saddle arrived....and I am pleased with the quality as far as synthetics go but it has "rock". This is the opposite of bridging.
The shoulder and wither clearance is great as is the length but it stands up about 2-3" on the back until I am in the saddle. It is this saddle:
16" 17" Cordura Easy Fit Gaited Trail 'El Campo' High Horse by Circle Y 6970
One article commented that gaited saddles had more "rock" to them. To me this is showing that the tree is too narrow. The alternative would be to get a wide saddle...not gaited.
Thoughts please. I'm new to gaited and have been fortunate to have wide, fat QH with NO saddle fit problems. This horse doesn't complain when uncomfortable...just tools along happily til he's sore.