I had my saddle looked at by a professional saddle fitter, and she made adjustments to the saddle. (Added more flocking to certain areas), so the saddle fits well, but I think i will talk to her and ask what would be better. She works at the Equestrian Center i board at. When I tested the saddle before i bought it she let me use her sheepskin half pad and it was very comfortable, and my horses' back seemed less tense. It shouldn't be tense anyway, but she seemed to have a more comfortable ride. My mare doesn't have back issues, she's 12 years old, she just needs a little bit of padding, like all horses do. :) Thank you!