Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Washington State
How is it when you run your hand under the pad/saddle, along her shoulder? Being an OTTB, unless the saddle was custom made for a non-TB, it will probably fit decently/well, as Aussie saddles tend to be made for TB style wither horses.. My quarter/appy cross... I have a really nice Bushrider Aussie.. love it... poor girl, I didn't realize it fit her as badly as it did, until I started to wonder on her behavior change, and then I noticed a bit of marks in her hair (she is buttermilk buckskin, so the white marks didn't start to show until a year + of using it). The saddle fitter pointed out to me how tight it was at that spot where you put your hand to check western saddles- does that make sense? Under that front point over the shoulder. It was so tight on her, it hurt my hand to put my hand there, and she tossed her head and pinned her ears when we checked it. My poor long suffering girl, she tried tho, and rode very well in it most times.
You don't want that tight on any saddle, as it pinches and puts too much pressure there, and causes pain.
Also, can you see a bit of an air channel at the point of the saddle, across her back? Try it without the pad, and look. Most times in an Aussie you can see a bit of daylight front or back.
You also don't have to have a thick western pad- you can use a folded towel, or an AP English pad... :)
It looks like a super comfy saddle! I hope it works for her, for you! :)
Hope she gets better soon!