I remember when we had sent in the mold of the horse who used it's withers a LONG time ago, to fit the saddle to him customed. He was pretty narrow, so I never thought to try it on my plump 'sofa'.
I had brought out Sunny to have my grandmother who has ridden her whole life, really critique is conformation. I told her to be as mean as possible. She said he looked pretty good, but had a shortish neck which we all agreed on. I was totally not offended--we'd always known it was short.
So she was looking at his back and ran her finger nails down the sides of his back bone and he flinched really bad. His whole back actually sunk a good few inches. So I put my saddle on his back without a pad to let her see how it fit, and she said that it was very possible that it was resting on him wrong.
I was very shocked it didn't fit him. We had actually carted my horse to a tack store and tried all kinds of different saddles just so we could be sure we found the right one. It was only a barrel/reining saddle because it fit him the best and was relatively comfy.
Anyways--back to the original....um--idea.
So we were looking at some other random saddles in the tack room hoping maybe to find one we could experiment with on fitting them to him.
That brings us back to the Aussie. I rode it on him without a pad because I wanted to see how it fit as accuratly as I could. My grandmother said it fit him very well and I just so happened to REALLY like it! It is so safe and secure feeling. I'm thinking about maybe starting to use if for a bit to see if it helps him gait a little better (as some of you already probably know--his gait has been bad lately, so I think that the sore back is probably the problem!). I never thought to think of discomfort because I was always confident that it fit him well..I guess not o.O
So--on that note. Do any of you ride Australian? Any pros/cons? Do you like it/hate it? Anything I should know about them?
I've heard they are good for trail riding and hacking. Which is what I do ;)
I'm pretty excited right now, he he :)