Originally Posted by NBEventer
When you are standing still sitting on your horses back there should be minimum 3 fingers clearance. Because as you start working and doing things your saddle will move. Which means that if you don't even have a fingers clearance your saddle is going to rub your horses withers...
Golly. I must not move much in the saddle, because if the tree is supporting it properly elsewhere, my saddles don't bang on the withers of my tall withered horses. And yes, I'm anal enough to have stuck my hand in there to check while we were cantering. I'm 180 lbs, and my saddles when cantering lose maybe a finger, maybe a little less from the front of the gullet.
My horses have tall withers. The gelding would be stoic about it, but my mare sure wouldn't be.
I'm reminded of what a visiting British officer told us when I went thru USAF OTS many years ago: "Regulations are made for the guidance of the wise and the strict adherence of fools!" - one of the best pieces of advice I got in my 25 years in the military...