Saddle measure is very hard to do once they are built, but the 1st saddle is not really a 6" gullet, no such thing
The Abetta has a 7" Gullet (per manf. Specs.), I think your Horse is now a 6.75"
The built up pads can equalize a one size difference on occasion, since your Horse is growing and so close, I think soon the Abetta will fit well with the average saddle pad.
Will she need a different saddle when fully grown at about 6 years old? The million dollar question
Thanks for that tidbit! Should I measure the barrel saddle at a different spot to get the gullet width? (See pic above)
The Abetta saddle, I believe, is a wider than usual, draft saddle. I swear it measured 8" at the same spot as I measured the barrel saddle. Do you think that I could fold a blanket and add a little to the front of it to raise it up for now? Or will too much padding be bad too? Thanks again for your input!