...well maybe less of a question and more of a request for information.
I know how important proper saddle flocking is, but I can't seem to get a friend of mine to understand this. He has an old Pessoa dressage saddle with HORRID flocking. I mean, I don't know how it got to be this way, but the thing is maybe 65% full of flocking at this point. It's extremely soft to the touch; there is nothing firm about this saddle. IMO, this saddle has no business touching a horse's back until it's reflocked.
My friend is using this saddle on a TB at least 4 days a week.... full workout of w/t/c and some jump training. I can only imagine the damage that the saddle is doing to this poor boy's back! I've told both him and the horse's owner of my opinion of the saddle, but they just kind of nod and continue what they are doing...
I did some Google-ing to try and find some credible articles to help me make my case (and save this horse's back!!!), but haven't have much luck. Can anyone please point me in the direction of some good sources that I can present to him??