So I finally got my western saddle for Dante paid off on my birthday yesterday and I tried it out... And to be honest I am not as pleased with it as I hoped. It is a Corrientes saddle, 16 inch seat. The owner of the tack shop I bought it from had come out earlier in the year to help me figure out some measurements I'd need when looking for a saddle to fit my big guy and when I went to the shop she told me this saddle should be a good fit. So after months of paying on it I finally was able to bring it home. I rode in it twice, Dante worked up a sweat and when I pulled the saddle off afterwards there was no dry spots and no ruffled hair, basically his back looked like it did when I put the saddle on except it was sweaty.
However, my two biggest concerns are 1. The flare in the front is reaaaally tight, especially on his left side (right side is not as bad) and it does get harder to get the hand in when its cinched. However once I get my hand past the flare and under the bars it is not tight but comfortable and has even pressure. But I am still concerned that its not wide enough.
2. The length of the saddle. To me the saddle looks way huge on him. The skirt is I believe 28-29 inches. None of my pads really fit it its so big... well one kinda does but I would have to invest in a larger pad for sure if I were to keep the saddle. I know the bars on the saddle end a couple inches before the end of the skirt but it still seems like the saddle is too far back, and the skirt sits really close to his hips.
In all honesty my gut is telling me that this saddle is not a good enough fit to keep it but maybe I am over-thinking it? What do you all think? I am having the tack shop owner come out to have a closer inspection of it on him and to bring out more saddles to try on him but I figured it would be good to have more unbiased opinions. Thanks!