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        02-22-2014, 04:52 PM
    I agree with everyone who aid the saddle needs to go back. 2" (three finger-widths if you have small hands like me) behind the back edge of the scapula is what the Society of Master Saddlers recommend, as SullysRider says.

    If you do that I'd guess the front will drop too low, but if the width is correct that simply means a front flock adjust to bring the saddle back into balance. The only reason I can see for using a rear riser is if the cantle drops when mounted, which you can't tell from a static picture, unfortunately. And I could be wrong about the front, but the panel looks pretty flat to me and the horse as likely to have a bit of shape behind the shoulder.

    Nice saddle! :)
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        02-22-2014, 06:37 PM
    If the gullet is adjustable, some do so with a special key or allen wrench.
        02-22-2014, 06:43 PM
    From what I've been reading, the older ones are better than the newer ones. Be sure it doesn't seem to pitch you forward, that you can get a good position. This seems to be a complain of the newer ones and that the flocking was changed.
        02-22-2014, 06:50 PM
    Thank you everyone for your comments! I will be sure to slide it back more in the future! I think I put it too far forward because there was no saddle pad, and it looked odd anyway!

    Saddlebag, thank you for the information! I do believe it is an older model, as the lady I got it from has had it for a while. It puts me in a pretty good position, according to my trainer. The only thing is that the flaps are a bit too long for my legs, but I'm super short so that's always been a problem for any saddle I've ever bought.

    I do think I am going to go ahead and buy it, thanks everyone!

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