I'm looking for a saddle for my 3 yr old gelding to be started under saddle in. I'm well aware that his back size/shape will change many times in the coming months and years but i'd like to start him off in something that fits decently well and we'll go from there as he grows and changes.
Currently I have an older (1992+/-) Collegiate Graduate close contact saddle that he's being doing his lunge work with. It fits ok but not well, imo. The saddle is a medium tree and I feel is a little tight width wise, plus it bridges. I've put my prestige dressage saddle with a 32cm tree on him and the width seems better but the tree is too curvy. My stubben juventus D is also a 32cm tree and fits better with a more appropriate curve to the tree.
Would you recommend getting a stubben close contact for him with a similar tree shape? If so which stubben model has the same/similar tree shape/curve? Or would you recommend getting something like a toulouse or tekna that can be adjusted but isn't going to break the bank (read - I don't want to spend $2k on a saddle that fits now but won't in a short period of time, nor do I want to spend $ on a saddle that could potentially be damaged by a youngster and i'll be really upset over).