Saddle fits without rider, not with
I just got an OTTB with much higher withers than the QH he is replacing. Her dressage saddle was ok on him with a little padding were he still needs to build topline. However, the jumping saddle didn't seem like it was going to work at all. It's an M. Toulouse with Genesis, so I fiddled with the tree some more, and set closer to medium, it looks like it sits level and does not touch his withers. I was excited that it might actually fit, but when I got on, it seemed to sink too much! It was touching or nearly touching his withers while I trotted him around. AH!
So the question is, could a saddle fitter maybe add a little more flocking so it wouldn't sink as much? It seems to fit with no weight in it.
It's a $2000 saddle and I only got it last year, so not looking forward to selling. There's no local market for it. I already tried when I found my old mare couldn't jump. Also, with no tack stores within 2 hours, and even those farther away having limited selection, I've got no idea how to go about getting a reasonably priced replacement that actually fits. :( I don't think the Toulouse would bring enough money to get another decent new saddle, either.
I will post some pictures of it sitting on his back tomorrow, but it really does look like a decent fit unweighted.
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