Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
A picture of the horse, by itself, doesn't give anyone accurate enough information to help you. Does the angle of the bars in front match the angle of his back? Does the width in the front match your horse, or is it too narrow or too wide horizontally? When a saddle is sitting on his back, does the curve of the tree match his back in a front to back sort of way? How far back does it extend?
If you could borrow anyone's FQHB saddle, or SQHB saddle, we might be able to give advice. SouthernTrailsGA is an expert on saddles. If you can print out one of the templates, even, tape it to a piece of cardboard and show it resting on your horse, someone might be able to help. Fairly small sounding difference - a 6.5" horizontal width in the front instead of 7" or even 6 3/4" can make a big difference to the horse.
I ride my Aussie-style saddle with a Wintec pad because my horse has sensitive withers and she seems to prefer the extra padding to a saddle that actually fits better. That pad is an extra inch thick in front and 1/2" in the back, so there is only 1/2" extra behind each shoulder - but it is the difference between a saddle that she likes and one that literally hits her withers with every stride. Folks can't judge 1/2" from a photo without any template or saddle.
... Energy is an admirable thing, but the energy of stupidity seldom avails much..." - On Seats and Saddles (1868), Francis Dwyer, Major of Hussars (light cavalry)