So I just purchased a horse and I can't find a saddle that fits. The saddle he came with is not a great saddle (synthetic mix and really beat up) so I have been using different saddles from the barn. I purchased a saddle with a wider tree (its a roping saddle) hoping that would fit. So last week I had a woman who went to saddle fit class come over to help me out. At first she said the saddle I purchased was great. Then she changed her mind telling me that the rivets (there are four that hold in the pieces of leather) are going to poke my horses back. So we tried no less than six other saddles all different brands and she hated all of them. So I asked her If possibly a good pad could alleviate the possible rivet pain and she said no.
I am not new to horses but I have taken a long absence. And it's frustrating because I don't know if she is incredibly anal or if I need to purchase yet another saddle. And if all these other ones didn't fit either do I have to go down the custom saddle route because that us an avenue I'm sure I can't afford. And how when the saddle at first was awesome is all of a sudden terrible because of these rivets. And is it true the pad won't help with that? She said the pad makes it worse and it will be like needles poking into. Any insight would be much appreciated.