Originally Posted by CopperPony
Cute Haflinger Clava. I see you have a half pad under your wintec, I was thinking of getting one, do you find it helps? Pmaehj - I am currently using a Toulouse close contact. We do low level jumping, dressage, trails.... I have the genesis and crank it fully open to the widest position. Do you find the treeless slips? Like when mounting? I would ask a professional, but haflingers have alot of muscle on thier back, having a saddle go a little over may not be so bad as on another type horse.
I only had the half pad on as she had lost a little weight and I hadn't changed the gullet to a narrower one. I find padding up with a wider gullet helps with muscle development and she seems happy with it. I'm currently using a narrower gullet and no half pad
I find treeless saddle designs don't seemed to be designed for short backed ponies, there us a real danger that the bigger rider will end upsiting too far back on their loins.