Here is a picture of my horses mammoth shoulders:
As it stands, the only saddle that fits is my dressage saddle, as long as it is pushed back behind his shoulders that is. As for my Close contact, I've got a problem. this is how far back the saddle would have to be in order to clear his shoulder:
This is the saddle at it's usual spot, putting pressure on his shoulder, I can't even get my hand in there:
With a half pad on, it's a bit better, raising it up creates a *slightly* larger space between the flaps and his shoulder:
Anywho, I have only ridden in it once, over 5 months ago when I bought it ( I could have sworn my horse's shoulders grew...i don't remember having this problem before...).
Is my saddle really THAT bad? Is there anyway I can make this saddle work? would a raiser work, or possibly a thinline saddle fitting pad? I am prepared to sell it, and buy a new saddle if I must, or if this saddle will cause my horse discomfort, but I really want that to be the last option.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Or if you guys know of any CC saddles that fit large-shouldered horses that would be great as well!