Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: South Wales, UK
• Horses: 0
I think the top saddle could be fine.
If you look at both pictures, the off shoulder appears bigger than the near. The off tree point angle looks correct whereas the near looks too wide.
If you now look at the rear view, the saddle appears skewed towards the nearside, I'd suggest because the bigger off shoulder is forcing the panel that side rearwards, even without a girth.
Because the horse is uneven and you have hollows behind both shoulders, the saddle sits too low in front and if you girthed it up would probably twist across the horse's spine even more.
However, you have to fit to the bigger shoulder angle, because if you don't it will have a disproportionate effect on how the saddle sits. Basically it'll be too tight there and will throw the saddle over towards the opposite side.
What you need is a decent fitter who can flock out the hollows and adjust the nearside level to balance the offside. What you don't want is a narrower gullet, which usually only makes things worse.
So I disagree with Siren on that, but completely agree with the comments on the second saddle. I suspect the panel is foam which has begun to collapse, and the leather has stretched to make the channel far too narrow. It is possible to have a channel re-cut, but not for a foam-filled panel in most cases. :(
Sweatmarks aren't a particularly good indicator of fit, BTW, because they're subject to too many outside influences.