I was going to say, but Saddlebag beat me to it, that it doesn't look pommel high, or if so, hardly any. The angle of the bars at the shoulder looks good, it seems to fit the somewhat swayed, maybe dropped back is a better word, though the very back of the saddle seems to come off the back a bit. You say there is neither bridging or too much rocker? I honestly think the fit isn't all that bad, and if you have to use a thin wedge , then do so.
Sometimes that feeling of being constantly riding uphill (when the pommel is too high in front) can diminish as the horse starts pushing more from behind and lift the back, with more fitness.
Tiny-at the tack store I was showing photos of my mare to the saddler there and getting suggestions on which saddles could potentially work. He chose this as one because the panels start to curve up in the back a little sooner than some. He said that tends to help when theyre shorter so they don't interfere on the back as it starts to curve back up. I have a photo of it from the back but I only took one and realized later that she wasnt standing square so I didnt post it because she was resting a hind leg I believe. Looks like she was anyways from the photo. Three of you have now said you think its a decent fit. So after it breaks in a little, and she gains some topline back, do you think itll be a pretty good fit? Im hoping to not have to buy any more saddles for her if I can help it!!!
The thing is, does it work for YOU, too? I mean, I bought a saddle a ways back that fit my lease horse pretty well. But, I cannot for the life of me find my balance in the saddle. It's a very good quality, hard to find dressage saddle, but try as I might, it isn't right for ME.
If you are really struggling to find your balance in that saddle it could mean several things; too high in front, twist too wide (or narrow) , stirrup bars too far forward. And more.
The saddle seems to be sitting on the horse's shoulder rather than behind it. The horse has a long back for a Friesian cross, which should mean that your weight will stay in front of the last rib even if you scoot it back so the shoulder has free movement. When you are off the horse, pick up the front leg and see if the shoulder blade has room to rotate without hitting the front of the saddle. The Schleese saddle fitting videos on Youtube are excellent even if you don't buy one of their saddles. I also am concerned that the saddle will settle onto the withers when you are riding, but the gullet may sit higher when the saddle is placed farther back. A lot depends on how much you weigh.
Shes more of the carriage type of friesian, not the popular ones you see today being crossed into sport horses or used for dressage. So she has that longer back and big stride. Anyways, I am going to ride in the saddle a lot tomorrow and see how it works. I've ridden in this saddle years ago on a s/j but its been awhile. I loved it back then though! I hopped on for about 5min the day I tried it on her and I was impressed by how well I sat up, like right away! I've been battling trying to sit up since I got her and I always thought it was my hip issues coming into play but I tried a friends saddle on her once and sat up nicely and realized it wasnt necessarily all me! So so far it is better than what I have, but again I have to spend more time in it. And also try it on my other two and see if itll work for them. But im mainly worried about it fitting her. She's wider and curvier than the others so I will probably just pad it up for them since theyre young and still growing a lot. Ill also take more photos of it in a better position I just have to go buy a new girth first since this one isnt long enough with those really short billets!
Ok so I went out again today and took photos and rode in it on two different horses. I preferred my horse in it over the pony im training. I felt pretty decent in it on my horse. Its slippery because its new but aside from that I was able to sit up straighter and felt comfortable in it. I only jumped up to 2'6 because the footing is crap right now so I didnt get to test it over higher fences but it was comfortable at that height at least. Heres photos of before and after the ride. I stopped half way through the ride after the elastic had warmed up and stretched a little and I was able to move the saddle back a little more. She seemed very free moving in it. No complaints on her end, other than being a bit of a handful today in general. I don't think it was the saddle though, she was rough the moment I caught her haha. Other than the unplanned, and not appreciated, gallop up the hill shortly into our ride (which I think the flex tree caught her off guard at first) she didnt seem to mind it. Ill be riding again tomorrow and hopefully shell be on better behavior so I can judge the saddle a little more.
No sweat marks, but the new pad left a wonderful quilt mark on her :)