Originally Posted by faye
If the saddle needs a riser pad then it does not fit! No 2 ways about it.
It may not fit without a riser pad, but fit fine with one. That is the point of a riser pad - to adjust the saddle fit. Two of my horses have high withers. I haven't seen any English saddle that fit them without some extra padding in the front.
In my case, after a lot of trial and error, I use a wool pony pad folded in half in the front of the saddle for a bit of extra clearance and protection of the bony part of the wither sticking up. My horses seemed happy with a Wintec riser pad, but I felt it raised things too high. When I cut it in half across the middle, we both were happy. But it looked hideous, and a small, folded wool blanket makes my horses happy without making me feel like I'm flying somewhere above their backs.