Which is worse: Padding or ill fitting saddle?
Excuse me, ill fitting is not the right word. It's a little bit off.
I have a Wintec I am in LOVE with. Not parting with me any time soon. Anyway, since I ride one horse most of the time, I figured I would check the gullet fit. I had suspected that the medium gullet was too small for a while as saddle pads were getting dirtier in the gullet and she was getting sweatier in the gullet area. I checked with the measuring thinger...Yep! One size too small. I fixed the gullet.
Now, the problems are some fitting issues we had in the first place. The channel is too wide (can't change that) but that's not a big deal. The big problem is that the saddle is now REALLY REALLY low on her withers. I can fit one, MAYBE two fingers under the pommel. She doesn't seem to mind, however, I do mind. That cannot be comfortable! I think she's just so used to ill-fitting saddles (I ride at an icky barn. I hate it.) that she doesn't notice.
My problem is that I want to use a riser and fix it, but I know that's not a good solution. Sock and shoe analogy, yadda yadda yadda. Thicker socks won't make your shoe fit better and what-not. But in this case would it be better than nothing? Or should I just go back to the old gullet, even though it pinched?
Thank you, saddle experts of the horse forum!
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