I do endurance riding and mountain riding. Bought a aussie saddle 5+ years ago, love it. Only issue was the girth. Not alot of selection, the felt one I bought that worked fell appart in 6 months.
Bought Lady this april. Short backed, hard to fit arab mare, otherwise perfect for me. Ordered a aussie saddle from the same shop. Quality was iffy(weird stitching, etc) but seemed to fit her and me well.
When I ordered this saddle I asked about other options for girths. They highly recomended a new felt one, So I thought I'd give it a go. It was quite expensive. Went on a couple short rides and it seemed OK, then took it on a longer ride and it rubbed my mare badly enough she needed 2 weeks off.
I spoke to the shop, and after concidering my options thought that converting it to western was the best option so I could use mohair. The shop agreed to make me a converter. I bought it and It arived this week. I got the shortest western I could find(which was quite expensive) a 26" and tried it yesterday. I would need a 22" to get it tight enough to ride in because the girth converter sits so low, which is ridiculous and not functional at all. So now I have a useless converter and an expensive cinch too short for any of my horses, which hopefully I can return.
I thought maybe If I could get the local saddlery shop to cut all the straps and restructure it with a western d it would be better, but I noticed the ring the breast collar is attached to is now pulling out of the saddle, so apparently my quality concerns were not ill founded. After only four months.
I seem to have a couple opptions.
1) ignore the ring that's coming out of the saddle, have the saddle altered so I can use a cinch, and hope that solves the problem.
2) The shop I bought it from has offered a chance to exchange the saddle. Should I do this and hope the new one fits as well? (With is option 1 and 3 apply as well)
3) use one of the girths I have, find a sheepskin sleeve and hope that gets rid of the rubbing?
Thanks for reading.