I had been trying to ride Dancer in a treeless saddle. Things started out well, but my friend needed her orthopedic pad back, and, well, lets just say I've decided not to go the treeless route.
Funny thing is, the saddle I've had for quite a while actually comes really close to fitting Dancer - much closer than I thought. Went on a trail ride last Saturday and one of the riders is a saddle fitter...more or less. She doesn't claim to be a saddle fitter, but she and her mother have been in the saddle business for years and have helped fit more than one horse.
She looked at my saddle on Dancer and said it came close, but was a bit too low over her withers. No surprise there. I was just going to double pad her and hope for the best - it was just supposed to be a short trail ride. The girl brought over a really strange looking pad, pulled my saddle off and one of the pads, popped this weird looking pad on top of the regular pad and resaddled Dancer. Et Voila! Not only did the saddle have plenty of wither clearance, but it sat nice and level - something I thought would never happen since Dancer is so downhill. I even check the wither clearance after I mounted Dancer, and could still put half my hand between the saddle and her withers.
When the ride was over and Dancer's saddle pulled off, she was evenly wet, with only minor pressure points on her withers. This tells me that I still need a better fitting saddle, but this pad may be beneficial anyway, I am thinking.
Any thoughts on this pad (used in conjuction with a nice thick felt pad):
Exselle High Wither Relief Riser Saddle Pad - Horse.com
Also - the girl recommended 3/4 bars for Dancer. Seemed a bit odd to me that she would need 3/4 rather than full bars as big as she is, but maybe that is due to her high withers? It's a bit frustrating, because the saddle I really wanted is an Abetta Brushpopper, and Abetta saddles come in full or semi QH bars, not 3/4.