Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
The new gullet should help. My technique for saddle placement is to put it on the back with the cinch/girth barely holding it on, and then walk my horse thru a couple of figure 8s. That gives the saddle a chance to find where gravity, the horse's back & the horse's shoulders want it to be, and that is where I tighten it down.
Think of two spoons put together. If you have to tie them in place, your spoons don't match. So if that puts the saddle in an odd position - way far back or way forward - then I'd assume the saddle isn't acceptable for the horse.
May or may not be a good technique. Seems to work for me.
... Energy is an admirable thing, but the energy of stupidity seldom avails much..." - On Seats and Saddles (1868), Francis Dwyer, Major of Hussars (light cavalry)