I have been working on my saddle issue.
Oddly enough, I have been told to use a thinner pad and the saddle is too narrow for my horse. But... I did the trick of putting wire over him and then measuring the wire. And I measured the gullet on the saddle(it's 7 inches, which I've heard is average for a medium tree?)... my horse measured between 6 or 6 and 1/2 inches(the wire didn't hold shape as well as I had hoped. I also set my saddle on his back, the pommel(swell?) was a good three finger space from his whither. But the saddle had room on the sides...so it wasn't touching him there.
Anyways, I tried a thicker pad combination and had better results. I used my 1 inch thick pad, and my mayatex acrylic blanket that is folded over(so maybe 1/4 of an inch. And I had much better results with this...also using my neoprene cinch(that's probably still a little too large for him but I only have one neoprene cinch..)
Here's pictures of him with the saddle on...and the new pad combination...and some sweat on his back afterwards(no pinch marks).
Keep in mind he's underweight right now, and lacking muscle. I'm working on this... he's getting healthy edge 1 scoop AM and PM with 1/3 cup veg oil AM and PM. With a flake of alfalfa at night. Much more than he was use to eating before I got him.... He has already made some progress from when I got him. He's also just a really thin built guy I think... but I'm hoping he will beef up a little. He's only 5 right now as well. kipsweat2.jpg kipsweat.jpg kipsaddle.jpg saddleonkip.jpg kipsaddle2.jpg
^ I should pull the saddle up a bit next time, the D rings on this saddle are a little odd and angle the cinch forwards more.