I need some help with australian saddle fit. I have a standardbred gelding, and I recently bought a used australian saddle. I am transitioning from english to trail riding, so I do not know much about proper saddle fit for australian.
The saddle looks great on the horse, it sits evenly, it does not slip, There is plently of clearance under the pommel, it seems to snuggle right down into that nice spot on his shoulder. However, I am worried about the clearance over my horse's spine. I am not sure if this is an issue with australian. With my english saddles, I would always make sure that when the saddle sits on the horse, there is plenty of clearance between the pannels down the gullet from the front to the back of the saddle. With my australian saddle, there is clearance directly over his withers, but about 5 inches behind the pommel the saddle makes contact flat across his back. He is not a meaty stock-horse type, he is a typical standardbred with prominent withers and a narrower frame. The saddle is not one of the australian saddles with pannel flocking, it has felt flocking kind of like this one:
My question is: Is this type of saddle supposed to sit down more along the horse's spine, or do I need to address saddle fit?
Thanks in advance for any advice you have!