Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
Hire a Professional Saddle Maker/Fitter to come in and assess the saddle on your horse, your horses back and have them help you.
A good one will arrive with a truck/van full of saddles, with his/her tools and will not only try on an amount of saddles, but will also have you ride in the saddle so that they can watch you and how you work in it, and watch your horse and how he works in it.
If you have to use a pad to make a saddle fit, the saddle doesn't fit. You are causing issues in the long run.
That saddle does not fit him. That tree is too strait for his arched/curved back. You need to look for a saddle that has more of a "banana" shaped tree. But again, hire a Professional to come in and help you. The saddle appears to be bridging on his back, and it is clearly too wide.
Your horses topline is weak as well, and there are pockets behind his withers due to an ill fitting saddle compressing down on his muscles, not allowing them to develop and build up. A Professional will beable to help you out with guiding you towards the right saddle that'll fit your horse properly.