Hey there, I have a 6 year old QH gelding, with decent withers on him and a wide shoulder (he's a big boy)
I had a regular tree before and it was too narrow on him, while it was great for the withers, I went to see if it could be fixed with a pad (if I was using a wrong pad to cause this) and it was not as we fitted the saddle without a pad.
I got a wide tree, higher (in the front) saddle for him, and it fits a lot better. We fitted it without a pad and it fit good, no pinching or tight spots, then I put my pad on and realized that it was hurting him, I was wondering if maybe a contoured or a cut back pad would be better for him? As my pad was weighing down on his withers.
So you guys know this is NOT an issue if the saddle fits correctly, this is purely having a wrong pad for my horse. And I would appriciate some suggestions from you guys :)
I have a barrel saddle, so it's obviously western riding we are talking about.