Yeah, I see what you mean looking at those top pics again. I think I'm going to have to invest in better fitting saddle unfortunately. Any suggestions on brands that work well on broader backed horses would be helpful. I'll probably end up taking a tracing of her whithers to the tack store also, but it'd be nice to know where to start. The one I've got now is a Billy Cook.
I agree that you'll probably just have to get a better fitting saddle. Truthfully, the biggest problem I see is that the saddle appears to long for her back. Couple that with her slight downhill build and the less than perfect fit of the bars and it's slipping forward. Unfortunately, I think all you would accomplish by having the rigging moved would be to start wearing sores in her girth area.
Corriente makes a good saddle for broad backed horses, but they are more working quality saddles, not so much show quality.
Yeah, I'll have to look into those. I don't really need anything fancy right now since I don't have a way to get out to the shows at the moment. Something that's comfortable for everyday riding but still nice enough to take to some smaller local shows will suit me just fine for the time being.
Now that you show the whole horse the saddle just looks too long for her back and that's why its sliding forward. I would continue searching, maybe you would have more luck looking for a saddle built for an arabian. They have shorter backs due to one less rib. Food for thought. Bebeaz
Thanks everyone. I ended up ordering a custom saddle with shortened skirts from Continental Saddlery. It's been working really well for us, although it'll still slide forward sometimes. I think that's just the way she's built.