My KMSH/Morgan gelding Jack has proven once again that he doesn't like to do things the easy way. A year ago I took him to a saddle fitter because none of the 7+ saddles I'd tried on him fit. Chris(Amish saddle maker) told me that he needed full QH bars, we tried it on him and it was a perfect fit.(He's gaited so I didn't think full bars would work but they did!) I bought a brand new Dakota Barrel saddle, suede seat, basket weave everywhere, fancy enough to show in but not too fancy to trail ride in. I paid $750 for it. Well, in the last month Jack has started to get uneven sweat marks again. I have tried a few different pad thicknesses, but it's no good. His withers are dry and it gets progressively more wet the farther from his shoulders/withers you go. Sigh. My boy is built like a tank, I suppose I should've expected it,lol. He will be 5 in Feb so still growing too, but for some reason(Hey I'm an optimist!) I thought it would last a bit longer.
I have two questions. What do you think I should sell my saddle for? Jack is my only horse right now and although I do ride other horses occasionally their owner has saddles that fit them just as well as mine. There is only a years worth of riding in the saddle and I haven't had the chance to go on many trails so it really looks good. The only imperfection really is where I hung it on the fence while I went to get fly spray and Jack decided to see what the pommel tasted like.
Also, where do we go from here? If full QH bars are constricting his shoulders and pressing on his withers should I look into a halflinger tree?