I have a mare (half Friesian) that is proving to be quite hard to fit for a saddle. I can't find one with the right curve and im beginning to wonder if I ever will! I've tried numerous saddles since im shopping for new ones and none seem to work quite right for her. I currently have one on trial I got last night. Only rode in it about 5 minutes since it was dark but I was able to actually sit up in it so I feel like that's saying its a better fit than all the others which throw me forward. Its still not right though. I was told that Id probably be better off getting one that fits along her back but using a riser pad in the back since they still seem to be pommel high. Thoughts? She needs to gain some muscle on her top line that's she's lost since this summer but thatll only be a little bit, not enough to make the saddle cantle as high as needed to be proper.
Heres a photo of the mare and then the current saddle. Its an x-wide so plenty wide but still pommel high. It actually seems a little wide when doing the finger test above the withers. Its only allowing 2 1/2 fingers when girthed up, didnt check what it was when I was sitting in it. It makes nice contact all the way across her back.
Thick half pad