Originally Posted by shadowanne
I too rechecked my saddle fit after watching the videos and was pleased that it passed in 8/9 checkpoints. Unfortunately the one it didn't pass was the gullet channel. I knew the saddle was supposed to clear the spine which mine does, but there NO room beyond that AND my saddle tappers in the back to the very edges of the spine. Clear, yet not enough for the video. That's very disheartening.
That said, why would ANYONE make a saddle with a gullet that tapers? Is there any horse out there that would need a narrower channel in the back - do their spines get skinner there? (no) Most of the high end saddles I've looked at in the last day online (4k saddles) taper to what looks to be too narrow for my fairly basic Appaloosa/TB. Heck, even my saddle is a 4k new saddle. UGH.
So I brought home two saddles on trial that had a wider gullet channel then mine. I didn't like either after riding in them. That said, I put my saddle back on and assessed the channel while seated.
I discovered that while my channel not only tapers, but also just clears the spine per my measurement from the ground, I was evaluating my saddle in the wrong spot! I was measuring with my fingers directly against the bottom of the saddle seat (because of the way Schlesse runs his fingers up the channels in the video) NOT where it actually touches my horse at the bottom of the panels - which is not only wider, but appropriately WIDE ENOUGH!
While seated in the saddle I was checking against my horses' back which is where the bottom of the panels are, not the underside of my butt! And while seated, my panels actually expand out into the correct spot. (Apparently other saddles do that too).
So I don't need a new saddle (WOO HOO)!! Which is good because after trying those 2 saddles (Prestige & Amerigo) I discovered how much I LOVE LOVE LOVE the way I fit in my saddle - a Hulsebos.