If you hold the cantle against your stomach and pull on the cantle, if it is broken there will definitely be movement. These saddles were often referred to as Hack saddles. A hack was a horse that gave a nice ride with a bit of style. He was up in the bridle. Barnsby was a great english saddlemaker in the saddle capitol of Walsall England. This was a popular style for years until the makers began making saddles more specialized. I wouldn't worry about getting it reflocked but if you use it without a cloth, the sweat will begin to shape it better to your horse's back.
Last edited by Saddlebag; 03-06-2012 at 10:13 PM.