Okay, so I don't like Western saddles (feels like my butt bones are hitting the tree, regardless of how padded the seat is) and I don't know if I'm a good enough rider to try a green-broke horse in an English saddle (I'd rather "practice" getting Aires and I used to each other before attempting English, to be honest). So, I want to try an Aussie saddle. I've ridden in one before, but it was too small for me and the horse I rode had the choppiest gaits I've ever ridden, which didn't help one bit. My concerns are about how the saddle is going to fit Aires now and in the future.
Aires is only two, so he has quite a bit of growing left to do, but as of right now he stands right around 15.2hh. He is a spotted draft/Percheron cross. His sire is built like a tank, but stands 16.3hh (if you scroll down, his sire is Pete, the spotted draft stud that is the sixth stallion down Edelweiss Percherons - Stallions ). His dam was pure Percheron. Aires is built more like the Percheron than he is like his sire (more lean). So, my concern is, because of his breed(s), I know that his shoulders are more than likely going to fill out quite a bit. Right now he's built like a well-muscled QH, so a regular Aussie saddle (with the stuffed panels) will fit him fine. However, when he reaches his "big boy" size, that will more than likely alter the fit considerably, right? I know it's difficult to predict, but I'm hoping other draft horse owners can help me with this. Do you think I'll have to get a whole new saddle specifically made for draft horses, or should whatever Aussie saddle I purchase now still fit him in three years? Any help anyone could give me on this would be GREATLY appreciated. Later down the road (we're talking at least a few years because of how expensive they are), I definitely want to have an Australian Stock Saddle Company saddle specifically fitted to Aires, but for now, I'm going to have to go with used.