During the past year I have had a hard time finding a western saddle that fits my appy/qh cross (15hh, not fat but fit, maybe 1000 lbs, medium to low withers, short back)... I mainly trail/pleasure ride. Everything from semi-qh, full/wide, haflinger bars seemed to pinch his shoulders (where his scapula sits). I finally gave in and settled for a treeless endurance hybrid. He moves so much freer in it and is less moody when girthing up.... HOWEVER!!! About a month ago he had a huge spook to the left, I fell right and ended up breaking my ankle. I know that when I go back to riding I will need to take some time restrengthening my leg muscles and I am thinking I would like something with a little more security, leading me back to looking at treed western saddles....argh! Which of course brings me back to my original problem, finding something that fits! I haven't tried a draft saddle and am wondering if that may be a possibility.
So, my question for you is who rides an average size horse in a draft saddle?