Originally Posted by Lexiie
Just to add
I can't get something thick. My saddles are not too big. Granted, they don't fit perfectly, but no saddle ever can. Horse's change, just like us
When the saddle fitter came to me recently, he started off by checking the saddle, then suggesting a pad. I looked at him in astonishment and told him that I want a properly fitting saddle, not a compromise with a pad.
He explained that (his words, not mine) a lot of people in North America routinely use pads rather than having regular saddle fits. I told him that I recognise at my horse will change shape as he gets fitter, and I want a properly fitting saddle now, which I will have re-fitted in six months time. I don't think I have ever had more than 6 months between saddle fits - yes, my horses have changed shape with summer fattening and winter hunting season - but I truly believe that the price of a PROPERLY fitted saddle is cheaper than a horse with back problems because of a poorly fitting one.
Putting a gel pad on a horse with a poorly fitting saddle is like wearing thick socks with shoes that don't fit you correctly; the problem won't go away, and it might make it worse.