I just received a Corriente reining saddle for Christmas and LOVE it! (For those not it the know, they only make FQHB trees with a 7" gullet.)
The problem is, Sock's shoulders are super wide and though it fits him far better than my previous saddle (had to stop using it for fear of hurting him), It's still just a tad bit tight on his left shoulder. The right one seems ok. I feel the saddle could be usable, but I'd really like to find a way to fit it to him a little better for his comfort and my peace of mind! I've been using a 1" fleece pad with it and it almost seems too thick. A weird as it sounds, I've been considering using an English pad just to see if it would relieve pressure and free up the space around his shoulder since it's thinner.
He's a pretty bulldoggy-type QH with not a whole lot in the way of withers, but they're there. Confo pic is posted below.
Is there any kind of western half pad that would help? Would trying a thinner pad be a viable option? Any other potential options?
Thanks in advance!
Wow his topline has really filled out since then! Also the bedsores are long gone, thank goodness!