I wish there were a saddler down here. I have yet to find one. I do agree that the saddle isn't very balanced. It looks balanced on the horse, but is awkward for me to sit in. In a suitable jumping stirrup length, my knee just sits along the edge of the pad and then doesn't come close to the block (which I do like to use). The block is tiny and set high. Even when I crank my stirrup straps up for cross country, I still don't benefit from it.
The saddle is quite new for me too for jumping. I'm used to using all purpose saddles for jumping and cross country. I enjoyed using the old 16" wintec lesson saddle most, even though it was slightly snug. But it looked so awful (it was old and used quite a bit). Students were always fighting over it!
I've been considering the thorowgood t8 gp saddle. But I'm a bit aprehensive about the buying one because the smallest seat size available is 17.
I don't even know where to begin with close contact saddles.