We went on a trail ride last Sunday for just over 7 miles walk, trot and canter with a jump over a small ditch. She doesn't sweat very much or easily, but her saddle pad was wet when I untacked her at the end. All her hair was smooth as silk and I even commented how you would never know we just went on a ride. On Tuesday we did flatwork in the arena - w/t/c and when I took her saddle off she had the hair on the left side of her wither/shoulder roughed up which was very unusual. I was a little concerned but thought I would try again and see what happened. Well, yesterday we did a small jump school (1 foot verticals) and she was reluctant to move out (VERY unusual she usally tries to speed trot and canter the whole time) but her best bud, Pete, was in the arena too and she tends to try to just stay beside him the whole time although we are getting better at this. Anyway, I got off after only 15 minutes of mostly walk and some grudging slow trot and her hair was REALLy roughed up on the left side.
After all that my question - could the saddle fit change that much in 2 days? I have been riding her in the Wintec 500AP with a MW gullet in it for 2 years without a single problem. She went through 50 miles of endurance this fall with all As on her vet card. Could it be that the saddle pad got wet? I always flip it upside down over her saddle in the enclosed tack room to dry and check it before putting it on her. I am going to order the gullet set and see if she doesn't need the wide gullet for some reason, but it seems odd that the fit would change so much in 2 days. Any ideas? Suggestions?
On a side note: I have scoured the internet, local tack store, and harassed both my equine massage therapist and farrier for a saddle fitter and none travel to my area and all are too far away for me to travel to them and the one that is the closest at 3 hours doesn't have a place for me to ride her, so please don't suggest that I have a fitter out. I would love to, but it is not going to happen for now.