I am trying to find a saddle that fits my 4 year old filly. The pictures below are of the saddle I am trying now (my fifth one). So far, I think it's fit the best out of all the saddles I've tried. It seems to me to have good gullet width, even pressure, and a good wither clearance. The only problem, which I have found with every saddle I've tried, is they all seem to slide down in the front (whether the saddle is too wide or too narrow). I am going to try it on her again today a little bit better -Work her and see if there are any roughed up hair marks or dry spots.
I'm just wondering though, do you think this saddles would fit better if the rigging was a little farther behind? All the saddles I've tried have had this forward rigging. It seems like it pulls it down and makes it uneven. If the rigging was further behind, I don't think it would do this. What's your opinion? Could it be because she's going through another growing spurt right now and is built down-hill? Her front end needs to catch up again.
I have another thread going about fitting her saddle with LOTS of pictures.
Western Saddle Critique! Help? Can't find a saddle for her!*pic heavy*
I just wanted to post a specialized thread on rigging. Thank you!
Oh and here is an article on western saddle rigging! Western Saddle Rigging