Well I posted a critique of my gelding and alot of you asked if my tack fit bc he has rather high withers and a very wide back. I carefully watched the "Does your saddle realllly fit" last night and even brought chalk with me to the barn this morning. No, it really doesnt fit. It once did, I think. But I've also been having a problem with him putting his head wayy too low and pulling the reins (fighting the bit). So I see my saddle somewhat hinders his shoulder from freely moving. This is a rather new behavior (3 weeks now) but maybe he gained some weight so its more pronounced.
He has high withers and although I can fit two fingers on each side of the tree, I can fit my whole hand between his back and the cantel, and then some. It sits slightly off to the right of his back. If I push the saddle further back (its fits better) it still isnt past the line of how long the saddle should be but my leathers would put the girth too far back, meaning eventually it'll slide back up and still bother his shoulders.
Before I go buying a new saddle i'd like to try a correcting pad.. I have looked at a few, please read over my post and take a look at whats I'm thinking of purchasing, please tell me which you think would assist in my particular situation.
Neoprene Gel Pad Liner - Horse.com
Cush-N-Air Saddle Pad - Horse.com
The Unbounded Round Saddle Pad - Horse.com
Roma Pro Tek Riser Pad - Horse.com
Dover Saddlery | Mattes Dressage Correction Half Pad .
He has a bigger belly, round butt, but high withers... please someone help. I'm not being cheap, I'm really trying to avoid adding this cost among an out of state move i'm incurring right now. Otherwise he's going to have some long time off til I can get a new saddle.