I'm having such a hard time fitting my Standardbred mare with a western trail saddle. She is round, so I'm thinking full QH bars or wide bars are what she needs. But I'm having trouble with her shoulders. I've tried a couple different saddles and everything seems to not flare enough and doesn't allow her shoulder blade to move. She doesn't have a very prominent wither, but not mutton withered either. I just started her under saddle so she doesn't have much muscle tone, and I think that's why these previous saddles had a little bridging.
I'm currently riding in a Bob Marshall treeless saddle. It fits her pretty well, but I personally don't like it.
There is only 1 tack shop close by that will allow me to bring my horse there for a fitting, and the lady keeps putting me off because she is busy... pain in my you know what!! So I'm resorting to the computer to see if anyone has any suggestions!
I'm thinking of taking a wide treed gaited saddle on trial. I'm concerned because they seem to have an A-frame shape, but maybe it would work on her?? I've heard they have more rocking in them, which I think would be a benefit on my horse. And flared bars for shoulder.
Anyone else have a horse with this conformation and successfully found a saddle?!
This one above is a full qh Wintec that pinched her shoulders and was too long on her back