Saddle Dilemma. Help!
I am having major saddle issues.
I have a 14.3 Morgan, and I purchased my Collegiate Senior Event saddle, that has changeable gullets. Thinking that I could fit it to him, and every other horse I ride. I LOVE these saddles.
Well, I tried the Medium-Narrow gullet and it seemed to fit him well in the shoulders, but he is very high-withered, and built up-hill. Which is fantastic, yes, but not for saddle fitting. Since it fit around his shoulders and just pressed lightly, the pommel of the saddle would sit on the top of his withers then.
So I changed the gullet to a Narrow gullet, and it stays above his withers now, but seems to get quite snug on his shoulders & the sides of his withers.
Something is obviously bothering him in the saddle, because he's reacting when I ride. The channel is about a regular sized channel, and I'm wondering if it could have something to do with that. Would I need a saddle with a smaller channel? Could it be too wide across his spine?
Or another option I'm contemplating exploring is putting the Medium-Narrow gullet back in since it sat better on his shoulders & sides of his withers, and getting a wither relief half pad. It would help to keep the front of the saddle off his withers & sit better on his back. It would also keep the cantle of the saddle, the flocking on either side of the channel, from sitting or putting too much pressure in just one spot on his back.
Would this help? I'm hoping it would, because I hate to sell the saddle. I just don't know where to go from here...
...he's so kissable, huggable, loveable, unbelievable...