I have had my guy and been riding him in a Wintec 2000 (cair, med-wide gullet, per their measuring device) for about 11 months. He is probably ridden about 10-20 hours a week (w/t/c) with about 70% of that in the saddle. I have watched videos on saddle fit, had other horse people look, checked the sweat marks, etc, and everything "seems fine". Only once have I ever noticed any soreness on back palpation- that was in one specific spot on his back after a 10 mile fast paced ride and seemed to resolve just a few hours later.
I am concerned that I need to do something, maybe have the Cair panels taken out and my saddle flocked properly, or a new saddle, because he is appearing to roan a little under where the bars sit. It's symmetrical on both sides. He also has a roaning/white hairs spot on his butt and neck, not sure what that's about.
This is what I am seeing (taken before a ride). Black is where the bars sit. Blue are the areas sprinkled with white hairs. Pink is the spot that doesn't get as much pressure as the rest judging from it being more wet than the rest of the bar area after riding. Poor saddle fit? Cair being crap? Irritation from riding and sweating hard down here in south TX?