Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Central Missouri
Bareback, now I see why you've had trouble fitting this horse and why it looked like there was not enough whither's clearance. This horse doesn't have any whithers and is really, really mutton backed. If he had normal whither's their would not have been enough whither's clearance. Very hard back to fit.
A lot of fat just below the whither's, you'll need to watch the dark spot. The more you ride him and the more that fat leaves that area, you may again have a bad spot. Be an excellent idea to take a lot of weight off of this horse. The more fat you have under the weight bearing area of the saddle bars the more it will tend to shift in ways you don't want. And your caught in a catch 22 situation. Good idea to ride with a very loose girth, but on this horse, you'd have a tough time keeping the saddle on with a loose girth. Once you get rid of the fat, then you'll be able to get saddle fitting that won't be changing as the fat redistributes itself.
If this saddle doesn't work out, you may want to look at having a custom, flex panel, saddle made. But, not until the excessive fat on the back is gone.