Well I have just recently got my new horse, Ricoh. He's approx 15hh, bay, 4 year old, TB X Welsh Sec D gedling. I am just really stuck in terms of a saddle as I know how important fit is and I know people say 'oh stick anyone on him for breaking in, it doesnt matter at the start', but I also know if it hurts him even slightly it will cause bad reactions.
Anyway, all saddle fitters in my area only fit if you then buy the saddle they say but I just need to find his size and then buy one secondhand or off internet as I have limited funds. I would spend a bit more if I knew it could be adjusted to fit his shape but I really don't know how I could do this. I am not interested in a treeless saddle but can anyone help with suggesting a good treed saddle for breaking a young horse in.
He has never been ridden so will change as he will muscle up and has already put on weight as he was skinnyish when I got him.
Saddles I have considered are Wintec GP, Thorowgood T6 GP, Bates but I am really stuck.
I am also unsure how to measure how long a saddle he needs. I think he will be a 17". Im including some photos off him just because I love him :) And also so people can see his build etc as he has a relatively flat black but medium withers.
Finally, Can people please comment on his conformation as well please as I'd like to know how good it is as i'm no expert on it.
Please help, anyone