I have a great saddle that has served me well for plenty of miles. Recently I bought a gelding that is going to be hard to fit. The problem is that he has narrow withers but a broad back.
I use a 1" felt pad (just for background info.). The saddle is too wide at his withers causing it to be too low and also causes a dry pocket - not pinching but has the same look when I take the saddle off. It fits him perfectly on his back.
I am currently using a build up pad that puts the saddle in the correct place and does a better job concerning the dry pocket at his withers.
The question is whether I should sell the saddle and buy one with a more narrow tree that will fit his withers but not his back or keep the one I have and use the buildup pad.
My saddler wants me to use my current saddle (but he is the one who sold it to me so I wonder at his intent) saying that a tigher tree will cause other problems.
What to do?