I'm posting this here hoping to get more trail wise feedback but mods you can move it if need be! Thanks in advance for any help!
So, I'm shopping for a new trail saddle for Rick. I currently have a Big Horn trail saddle that I love, but it's just not working for him. (7in. FQHB) It's been slipping forward on his shoulders and while I can't find any indication of rubbing or pain it's not ideal. His back is always evenly wet, so no rubbing or gaping issues, just the sliding forward. Fits well over his withers, 3-4 inch gap before pad.
Here are a couple photos of him in various positions. The first ones are about the condition he is in now after three hard months of training, the last is a photo of him in pasture chub, he's about between these now. I like a bit of fluff! I think he has decent conformation, pretty balanced little guy. My problem fitting him is he has a bit of a long shoulder, it comes way back and up. Much more so than with my full blooded QH's. I'm pretty good at fitting and I've been searching all the vids (especially on here) looking for these specific fitting problems but being a ?????grade????? his angles are throwing me off. Getting him pro fitted isn't an option right now, just needing a few suggestions or thoughts.
These three were all taken the same day, I took unflattering ones to get shots of his angles. In the last one you can tell he isn't missing too many groceries! Below is him in normal chubby condition.
You can see in this shot I got from the girl riding him how far his shoulder reaches back when extended.
I'm not ready quite yet after Christmas to drop a bunch on a new saddle and I'm even considering purchasing a used one. Anyone have the same fit problems? Slipping forward on the shoulders? What brand do you recommend/use/love. I'd like to stay with a nice nylon trail or endurance saddle. We cross too much water and I'd rather ride than spend too much time taking really good care of a leather one! :roll: But any suggestions would be helpful!
Anyone like/have one of these? Old Time Trail Rider Round Skirt Saddle, King Series It's not nylon but I love the way it looks, doesn't look like the best fit for my guy though... but it's hard to tell from the saddle angle.