Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
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I would go with a saddle that has a bit more arch to the body's shape than going with another strait saddle - like what we both have with our Wintec 500's.
I'm getting a Wintec CC, I had a Professional Saddle Maker/Fitter bring one out for me, and one of thoes Flex Riders - and they both work better for Nelson's shaped back, than the Wintec 500.
If you have a Saddle Maker/Fitter in your area, contact them and make an appointment to have them bring out a few saddles that have more of an arch shape to the tree/panels -
I'm not a Professiona Saddle Maker/Fitter at all, but I've always believed and been told that no pad will correct a poorly fitted saddle. I've tried, honestly. I bought a Mate's 1/2 pad with shims to fill in the pockets, but bridging ended up occuring in other places. I've tried a wither relief pad, I even tried the Rambo Air Pad - pads just create more issues.
If your saddle doesn't fit properly while on the back bare *meaning no pads* then it doesn't fit.
Get your hands on a Wintec CC and a Flex Rider - I was happy with the results.