I'm having some difficulty fitting my big paint gelding. He's got a big shoulder and the saddle is restricting him and causing him discomfort. (Had the massage therapist in and most of his issues were in the shoulders and ribs).
Right now I'm riding him in a Circle Y Park & Trail. It's pretty. That's about it. I don't feel comfortable in it (probably because the seat's too small), it seems tight in the shoulders for my horse, I think it might be too long because it slides forward, and it's STINKIN' HEAVY!
Here are my issues:
1) I have my horse up for sale. I haven't completely decided whether I really want to sell him or not, and I want to see if the saddle fit might be causing the small issue we're having with mounting (he tends to tense up/hump his back). But because I'm considering selling him, I don't want to spend a ton on a custom saddle.
2) My goal is to ride dressage. I'm not ready to ride him English yet, though, as I need the security of a Western and likely will for some time. However, I don't want to spend a ton on a custom Western because I'll be doing that on a Dressage saddle when the time is right.
I have emailed Cultured Cowboy to get some quotes/ideas. Just thought I'd check here to see if anyone has any thoughts. Because of his big shoulders, I was wondering whether a gaited tree (or perhaps a flex tree) might be a good idea.