saddle pad test
I have a new horse I'm trying to find a saddle for.
I put a new clean pad under a semi quarter horse saddle and rode for about a half hour. afterward where the saddle was sitting is clean and white, the rest of the pad is horse dusty.
does this mean it's a good fit without a lot of movement? or it's too tight so he wasn't sweating? when I feel under the saddle I feel contact along the whole underside of the saddle, no contact on spine, but I feel it may be too tight behind the shoulder.
also, he does not want to move forward freely. needs lots of nudging. wants to back up. is that a sign of shoulder pinching?