Hi! So I am looking for a bit of extra insight!
I'm a multi-disciplined rider leaning more towards dressage and hunters. In the english disciplines I know saddle fit can be very precise. Some of my friends get their saddles readjusted once or twice a year to keep a good fit as the horse muscles/slow work/more work/ growing ect.
I don't know as much about western saddle fit other then the usual sqhb/fqhb gullet size and all that. I bought a roping saddle recently that is really well made and was used on a roping QH it measures about 7in in the gullet like it should.
Here is the thing. I bought the saddle bc I am going to be a wrangler on a dude ranch this summer hence throwing my saddle up on all different horses.
Is padding up and down a practical solution? How can I test for proper fit for each individual horse? I know I don't want to block the shoulder or come down on the spine or back but I'm never sure if its too tight or not when I push my hand under the saddle through the shoulder. I'm a bit confused when it feels tighter in the shoulder but comes down low on the withers like its too wide. Is that just bc it's laying too low on the shoulder and I need more padding to fill it out and sit it up higher? I'd love to hear what any of you suggest and any tips you may have Thanks