This is purely an exercise for my eye as I am not a saddle fitter [nor should I be!] and do not have the equipment to change what needs to be changed myself. I will be having it fitted to her the moment I have the money and for now she is very happy and working nicely in it.
This WHOLE SADDLE pretty much can be changed to fit my horse. It's built on Kieffer's genius fully adjustable tree meaning the gullet can be changed, the whole tree shape can be adjusted, and it's wool flocked so the panels can be changed as much as I like to fit her - and should mould to her back to some degree!
It's a Kieffer Wien, size 1, and as you can see it's one of the rare older Kieffers that DOESN'T get super narrow in the channel at the back. I don't know what year it is. The leather is beautiful and soft. I think it was originally brown and was dyed black because it matches my black tack but there are some brown areas on it where it has the usual wear.
Excuse its placement, I put it on in the correct spot and it slipped forward when I tightened the girth. My horse has a very forward girth groove and so I think I need to get a girth that's shaped so that the buckles sit farther back than the girth itself, if there is such a thing. Thoughts on that?
I think it's a touch on the narrow side but that can be changed when it's fitted. I don't think the gullet width is the issue with the slipping though because her old saddle never slipped forward.
This is THE ONLY saddle I have found that has enough wither clearance for her, which is kind of crazy because she doesn't have a huge wither!