Originally Posted by Hedgie
Sorry this is a little off topic, but I have a question for mildot. My horse is an OTTB that has recently come off the track and is on a weight gain plan. Currently his saddle doesn't fit perfectly but with a half pad it fits quite well. I plan on having the saddle fitted to him once he's at a better weight. Do you think that is the right thing to do?
As long as the shape of the tree is basically correct and the pad is making up for minor issues in fit, I do think it is smart to wait until your guy's shape stabilizes a bit.
You could have a fitter out now, but if he's changing shape fast you may need him or her back again soon.
My horse has been in serious work for several months now so she's not going to be changing shape quickly or drastically.
In any case, after discussing things with Julie, she recommends about one to two fittings a year depending on how the level of activity of the horse changes with the seasons.
Another advantage of having a fitter visit is that they will educate you on what to look for as evidence of saddle fit change, either due to changes on the horse or changes in the saddle (mostly flocking settling and packing down with use).