I have a question. My son's show saddle (western) fits his pony very well. I want to stress that up front, there is no issue with the fit. The issue is with the fleecing on the underside of the saddle, it's mega padded and very thick. When it's on the pony, it's just thick enough to make the saddle slightly less stable. I use it with a VERY thin pad, but still.
I know it just needs broken in, and I've finally got my son to start riding in it (he's needed to move up the size for some time.) My son is not heavy enough to really get the saddle broken in though, and I'm too heavy to ride the pony, though I could squeeze in the saddle for the purpose.
I tried the saddle on Monty but it's much too wide for him (he's a skinny boy, and Misty is a pork chop). In the past, breaking in new trail saddles, we always rode them through the creek and then rode them dry to break them in (I can hear your gasps of horror already). I don't really want to do that with this saddle because it has quite a lot of silver on it, and it's stained a burgandy color on the leather, it's gorgeous and I don't want to darken it.
I've thought about putting the saddle on Freyja and riding in it, it fits her okay, although I would look foolish as heck in a 12 inch, whatever does the trick, you know? Anyone have other suggestions?