I've been trying to fit a saddle to my downward built mare. She's currently going in an xwide saddle. It fits ok when she's just standing there, but when I'm riding, it really digs into her shoulders and slides forward..... I've tried a reverse wedge, but it's such a pain to use and it caused bridging. I've tried a front riser pad, but it just made the saddle tighter. I know she could use an xxw saddle, but what can I use to help the level her out? Suggestions??
I don't know for sure, our mare is a bit downhill as well. We use a thinline pad with shims over our wool pads to raise the front but she isn't bridging (Im pretty sure). We did have a saddlefitter out, you might try that. Lets see the suggestions from more experienced horse people..
Are you sure her saddle isn't too wide. If it is tighter at the top of the bar in the front it is too wide. If the lower part of the bar is tight it is too narrow. It should be even pressure from the top of the bar to the bottom and from the front of the saddle bars to the back.
Wouldn't you know, my other photos didn't come up....The saddles I have are tighter on the lower part - and they are all xw. I've thought about getting a thinline, but not so sure if that would work. I don't know if the pic of her is coming up, but her butt is high and she has a slight curve in her back. Her withers are also low and wide. I know developing her topline will help, but I need to do something that will allow her to go comfortably while her muscles are building.....