Originally Posted by Cherie
I cannot tell on the first horse but the second horse looks like it has very wide shoulders that are very hard to fit.
Horses with shoulders like the second horse oftentimes have a saddle rest right behind their shoulders and literally 'dig' into them. This is not what I call a 'good saddle-back' and really can be difficult to fit. When I have had to ride one, I usually just put on a wide saddle (full Quarter Horse Bars) and used a really big, thick wool felt pad. That, of course , is with a stock saddle.
I tried putting on saddles with full Quarter bars and no luck. Beau (2nd horse) is actually pretty narrow and LB (1st horse) has very wide withers. If neither has anything wrong with the withers then that's somethin I can check off. I saw some pics of some horses with Mutton Withers and looked identical to Beau and read that Hollow Withers are common on gaited horses so wasn't entirely sure for LB