Originally Posted by iridehorses
If it were my horse, I would fit her at her heaviest not at her lightest so I would get a saddle now not in the spring. You can always add a blanket but you can't take one away.
As for fit, I think you have the wire a little too far up her withers but in any case, and if we are talking Western saddle, I'd go with a 7 1/2 - 8 gullet and FQH bars.
If you are taking the pic straight on then I would also say your horse is more muscled on one side then the other. That's pretty common and what you need to do is to work her in the weak direction to build up that side some more.
I knew you'd put it all into perspective for me. I guess I'm making it more complicated than it really is.
So that size gullet would work even though she measures wider than that?
Cloudy, I'm so glad to hear you've had success with fitting hard-to-fit horses! Yes, I've been looking at the Downunder line of saddles and I really like them. I wondered, too, about the panels versus the fleece so thanks for explaining that!