Hey guys wondering if you could help me out here. I have been trying to contact a saddle fitter in my area to have a look at one of my primary riding horses back to see what size/fit saddle would work on him. He is 11/12 years old, registered paint with a lot of QH- more than paint, stands at 14.2 and is not overly stocky built. Short back- from the back of the scapula to the point of the hip approx he can comfortably wear a 23.5-24 in skirt.
Now my issue is bar size. The last saddle I rode in him for years (I honestly had not a clue about saddle fit back then unfortunately) and those had semi QHBs I believe. So I dumbly purchased a saddle with FQHB that tipped way to forward on him, cinched or no- not to mention it was just in general too big for him. So I'm guessing that the FQHB were tooo big.
So I decided to try that wire measure over the withers to find out what size gullet he needed. I fitted a stiff wire over his whither right behind the drop off of the scapula- where the saddle conchos are supposed to sit. Then on a piece of paper traced the wire and measured 3inches down from the center. Then I measured that line... it is 8 INCHES!!! I tried it again with a different wire and was more careful about it and still came up 8 inches. He really does NOT look like he has a draft back and his withers are defined so I wouldnt consider him mutton withered.
So I am wondering, did I do something wrong? Any recommendations on what to do- I am attempting to build a map of his back and I will post pictures soon. Oh and I am trying to get a hold of a saddle fitter in my area. There happens to only be a few around the state that I've found and there happens to be one that lives in my town!
Thanks in advance!