Originally Posted by InsaneDino
Does my horse seem to have a straight back? She has a slight bend/downward arch in my opinion. Would you consider that straight or in-between?
Hm. Again, I really wish I lived near some English tack stores or new some saddle fitters that had some for me to try. XD Aghh. I don't like living in this western riding area. Maybe I'll get the chance to try one sometime, but I probably shouldn't risk it. My horse is a pretty simple own as far as what she likes and doesn't like. She rarely puts up a fuss. The first bit I ever put in her mouth, she loved and still uses. I'm guessing she'll be the same way with a proper fitting saddle, irregardless of what flocking is in it. The price to replace the cair to a wool flocking is just too much for me to have to pay after already spending money on two saddles now.
She looks fairly "normal" to me [didn't see the photos before just saw "flat back" and thought OH I HAD ONE LIKE THATTT]. A Wintec 500CC would probably fit her reasonably well - they are not especially bulky saddles, my 500CC is actually a shorter saddle than my cheap copy Isabell so the 500 range is generally speaking a reasonable choice for the short-backed horse.
Most any Bates or Wintec saddle will fit an "average" shaped horse with minimal modifications. Cair is better for the wider/flatter/tabletop types than it is for the types with dodgy topline like my gelding, flock is more versatile and can be fitted to more different shapes of horse. Depending on your budget you might also like to try Pessoa, Prestige, or another of the European brands. Collegiates are good too - made by Bates, same quality, lower price.
I am kind of biased towards Bates saddles because Bates is an Australian company lol but actually if you can find one that's wide enough the older Bates saddles are amazing... they don't make 'em like that any more. Unfortunately back in the day the majority of horses were narrower than what we have now [largely TB and Arabian, and not the chunky ones either - the finer ones... fine was the "in thing" 20-odd years ago here] and the majority of people didn't have a clue about saddle fit anyway, so it can be really hard to find wider old saddles for the flatter horse.