Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Southern Oregon
What happens to the gap between the pommel and the withers when your weight is in the saddle? You should still be able to fit 2 fingers stacked on one another in between the pommel and the withers. I have been riding a tb who is quite narrow and high withered and I had to go to a much narrower gullet in my Wintec in order to get enough space between the pommel and withers. It does look by the pics that there is alot of pressure just below the withers judging by the rub marks. I would do like you said and try a wither relief pad to see if that helps, but just for kicks test the gap at the withers with your weight in the saddle to see if it might be a tad too wide. 8)
"Have You given the horse strength? Have You clothed his neck in thunder? Can you frighten him like a locust?
His majestic snorting strikes terror.He paws in the valley, and rejoices in his strength; Job 39:19...