Now that my boy has put on some weight and muscle, I have noticed that the saddle I bought him last year is too tight in the shoulder area. I havn't started riding him yet, he's ready to start, but I refuse to use an improperly fitted saddle.
My problem is that he has a very flat back, and is rather slab sided, so finding a saddle for him is difficult. The ones I try are either too tight in the shoulders, fit the shoulders but sit on his withers, or pop up in the back. I wanted to get one specially made for him, but when I priced it out, found out it would cost $2500 for their cheapest saddle (mind you these saddles are handmade, and fantastic quality!). I only plan to play around on the trails with him, and really don't want to spend over 2000 on a flashy saddle when I don't need something that pretty. Maybe in the future... but I don't have that kind of a budget right now. I saw some nice, plain ones at the tack store for 500 that I liked, but don't know how to make sure I'm buying the right size (I know what its supposed to look like on the horse, but don't really want to bring home 20 saddles until I find one that fits).
Does anyone have any advice for me? By the way, we are talking western saddles :).
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