I bought a new western saddle today, and when I tried it on Flash, the back of the saddle pops up by about an inch when its cinched tight. All the measurements are correct, and it seems to fit in the shoulder area, and also has back clearance when someone is sitting in the saddle. Is it normal for new western saddles to do this until they're broken in?
My boy's the type of horse who will not move or listen to cues with a poor fitting saddle, and I rode him around at a walk, and also lunged him at a trot and canter. He moved great and listened to cues, so I know its not bugging him. The sweat distribution was also even. Once someone is sitting in the saddle, the back goes down like it should. You can also fit your hand in between the saddle and shoulder area when someone's sitting on him, so I know its not pinching. Does anyone know why it is doing this?
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