Originally Posted by Panzerbee
Yes she is shorter backed, I'm 5'3 and shift between 168-173lbs so I prefer a 17"... Even sat on a crest ridge today and they measured me out a 17". I'm real careful with not wanting to get anything too long for her. She's 14.3.
Wow, are you sure? I weigh about 45lbs more than you and I really like riding in a 16, or a 17," but most 17"s feel a bit sloppy to me. Or I feel like I am behind the horse's center of gravity. I have a good sized belly on me too. So I would hate to see what I measured out to with your saddle fitter!
I ride a stocky 14.3 Mustang with a 17" wade saddle with no problems with length. The tree is made by Steele, but I'm not sure if Steele saddles and Steele trees are both the same company? My saddles have Steele trees but are not Steele saddles. I would *assume* if they are a part of the same family, Steele saddles use Steele trees, but I have no idea.
Anyhow, I have had really good luck with Steele trees fitting my horses. I use both Full QH and QH Bar Steele trees on my horses. Much more versatile than ralide. I have had horrible luck with ralide fitting anything. I have no experience with Pasos though, so it is likely that the trees I have had good luck with would not fit your horse.