Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
Without a doubt, the saddle is too wide. It may seem that it is level but it isn't. The reason it feels tight is because it is resting too low on his withers and the tightness you feel should be there but further up his shoulder.
If your saddle has FQH bars, then try a regular QHB or even a semi. Remember that no two mfgs measure their trees in the same way so that a semi in one brand could be a regular in another.
I've had several horses that were difficult to fit. One of my favorite horses took over 1/2 dozen saddles before I found the one that worked best. Don't give up just because you've tried 2. You need to consider the long range comfort of your horse.
I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.
Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.
It's not always what you say but what they hear.