I bought a $50 English saddle (mainly for the girth...doesn't work with my Aussie ) and stuck it up on Red, who is narrow, fat, and high withered. I have NO experience with English saddles and stuck it up on him, it seemed far to low on the withers.
Now, would a riser pad work well in this kind of situation? It's wide enough, no pinching or the like. It just sits on TOP of his withers. The saddle itself is very sturdy and the padding is fine. But Sir Crater Withers is a bit difficult to fit properly.
He's a fat, healthy boy it's just that he's so dang narrow that putting and keeping fat and muscle on the top is especially difficult. This makes his withers sort of high and deep (he's so weirdly put together).
He was JUST broke not a month ago so no time to build up any. Western saddle went kaput second time riding, Aussie cinch I ordered is too long for him, not much luck it seems
And how are English saddles supposed to really sit? Western rider for seven years here, I know that English saddles are amazingly balanced, comfortable, and close....buuut that's about it