Thanks for the info. The horses I'm trying to fit are more narrow - close to 6 inch gullet size rather than 7. A couple of them have tall withers and naturally high headset, so the pommel clearance is important.
Been looking for a synthetic/synthetic cross that would work. My arab fits these saddles too, so that is a huge plus. I had a Dixieland built for my walker and it fits him fine, but he is a bit wider and it swallows my other guys, even with a thick pad. So I'm on the hunt. I don't want to spend $1K on every horse and have a special saddle built...LOL!
But I am more lucky than some in the fact that they all have something in common - high headsets, similar withers, and short backs. I have a wide endurance abetta and it is way too big and bridges, but that's because it is a FQHB saddle.
I like Bighorn, but I owned them and they don't fit these guys - the trees were too wide. Was looking at the Tennessean syn/leather version...can't find anything out about their trees, either - would love to know the gullet size on those. I really like their new endurance model Tennessean Plush Lite Endurance Saddle
but they don't list much info on the makeup of their tree. I know that they are using the saddlemaker from American Saddlery nowadays and I used to love their endurance saddles years ago but they are hard to come by now.