My (cheap western) saddle fits my horse (a little arab mare) pretty well, but there are two points where it puts too much pressure: right under the base of the tree. By points, I mean just that, they're not horizontal or vertical lines of pressure, just two small points. The rest of the saddle rests nicely with even pressure and maximum contact area.
It's okay for very short rides; it's not that bad... But it definitely needs to be fixed before any long rides. If she's ridden too long the way it is now, the pressure eventually becomes pain, and she lets me know about it by bucking a little. (Don't blame her for trying to buck off something that probably hurts.)
So, could a special pad help alleviate these two pressure points?
Which would be better:
1) a thick, foam-like pad, cutting holes in the pad in that area.
2) a gel-filled pad, which should redistribute the pressure to the whole pad (if such a thing exists).
3) something else I haven't thought of.
Yes, I could just replace the saddle, but besides these two points, it fits well, and I like it. If I could fix the problem with a different pad, it would be cheaper and easier.