Ive ridden my gelding in my old bates osbourne a few times by now and its starting to leave dry spots either side of his spine, probably covering the area of the first half of the saddle. When I first got him, he was being pretty bratty, wouldnt stop, avoiding bit etc. but all thsoe problems in the past two weeks have improved massivly. I don't know whether he's used to a badly fitting saddle?? And ignoring it? Or Im wondering if his saddle actually does fit... and the dry spots are... im not sure?
I will get some photos sometime of the fit, but im pretty sure its too narrow. So whats the next step in buying a saddle that will fit him properly? Should I get a wider gullet?? But by how many cms? I ride english, and im looking for a good quality all purpose saddle that wont break the bank.
Thanks for any advice. I realize a saddle fitter would be ideal in this situation, but at the moment im tight on cash, starting uni soon and I will be paying a fair amount to get him transported down to where ill be living for the next 3 years for my course.