I bought my first horse, Garzo, just about three months ago now. I've been using an old Wintec Pro Dressage with him, which doesn't belong to me. It's been on a "permanent loan" to me for a few years now, and I've been pretty happy using it on the horses that I've leased, but have always planned on getting a nicer saddle once I actually bought a horse.
Garzo was a little underweight and undermuscled when I got him. I've noticed lots of change in his topline since I got him, and the Wintec fits him better now than it did when I first put it on him (in fact I was just recently able to stop using the fleece pad that I originally needed to fill in the hollows by his withers) Overall, it's an OK fit for both us of, but not great.
A few other people at the barn are arranging to have a saddle fitter come out sometime in the next few weeks, and I'm wondering if it's still too early to get him fit for a saddle. I was originally thinking I would get him fit ~6 months after I got him to allow for the re-muscling, but I there's no particular reason I chose that time frame.
The saddle fitter is offering to drop the barn call fee (nearly $50) since there are several of us.
What do you guys think? Should I hold off a few more months? I think that what I want might take a while to find anyway (dressage saddle with narrow twist, knee blocks and short flaps), so maybe I should get started looking now even if he still might change a little?
Here's a "then and now" picture comparison so you can see the degree of the change so far.