Originally Posted by chels08
I have a thoroughbred gelding and it is very hard to find a saddle that fits him correctly. When ridden english (I used to ride dressage), even with a narrow tree saddle I had to use a built up saddle pad to keep the saddle off his withers. Now I ride primarily western, and I have to use two or three fairly thick western pads on him. Is there a western saddle pad out there with an extremely built up front or even a narrow gullet western saddle? Any help is appriciated!
If he has a rather "normal" looking back/shoulders, then you do not need a narrow tree, English or Western. You simply need one with enough room under the pommel to accomodate his withers (or a partially cutback pommel for an English saddle).
Look for a western saddle with Semi-QH bars and a tall pommel, with lots of room under the pommel. When you put the saddle on, make sure the front conchos are BEHIND the horse's shoulder blades. You don't want the saddle sitting on top of the horse's shoulders.