That's a good idea unclearthur, I know I'm going to borrow my friends wintec gullet gauge to try on him, I've watched videos on how to use it properly, but I'll have a look at making a template also, or one or the other.
That's exactly what I thought, but he went very nicely in it. But I did have to wonder, why would you put extra padding under a saddle if it supposedly fitted the horse. It was an extremely comfortable saddle, may have been a collegiate or something like that.
That's one good thing about Mitch, he has no problem with letting me know he doesn't like something, or something hurts.
Even if he doesn't like the hay he has been given, or the cover that is sitting on the fence, he will pull it down, stomp on it, and poop all over it.. Big waste of hay, and big waste of an effort cleaning a nice rug! but at least it doesn't leave me any hard guess work, or sudden misbehavior from putting up with pain.
Thanks Saskia, I'll probably try the saddle on tomorrow, we're partway through Christmas day now so I had better not ditch the family to be riding my horse just yet
I also like knowing that I have a qualified vet/saddler/chiropractor/wonder woman not too far away from me who can reflock saddles and everything if need be, she's not cheap, but she's worth every cent!