Originally Posted by northernmama
Originally Posted by SonnyWimps
from what I can tell, it looks like it fits fairly well. But definitely ride him in it and see how he acts, and then work him up to a good sweat and check his sweat patterns on his back. There should be no dry spots by his withers at all.
You really can't tell by the sweat patterns... don't forget that the pad will wick up and deposit the moisture. If there are dry spots, then it's really bad, but if there aren't any, it doesn't mean the saddle fits.
Personally, I think it does not fit well in front. It should have even contact and I see a space on the upper side. However, I am *definitely* not an expert on this. Not even close. When you place it without a pad, does it sit snugly or does it rock sideways or back to front? Looking from the back, does it seem to have even contact? Run your hand under the side as best you can -- does it seem to have even contact front to back? Tighten it up without a pad and push down -- any change? When you sit in it, does it change? Sit weight front / then back -- any movement? These are all just ideas. Might be easier if you can get someone else to sit in the saddle so you can look or vice versa.
Thanks for the info Northernmama. I will do that tomorrow. Only problem with having someone else sit in it, is that there is really no one there... My BO is there but she has a 1 year old and her time is consumed with her until her hubby gets home (which is after I leave)
I'll ask Tom to come with me tomorrow and take pictures of me in the saddle. When I do that, should I have a pad on or keep him padless so things an easily be seen? Should it be of all angles(right side, left side, back and front)?
I'll also go to the local tack shop and see if someone knowledgeable in saddle fittings can come out and size him for me. The only problem I see with him needing a different saddle is that I would only be able to use that saddle for him, and not for Gem... unless Gem needs a narrower tree.
I am going to do a bit of research and see what I come up with to help me get some more knowledge in this department...