Hey everyone, Im new here and really enjoy all the great threads!!! So here is my contribution:
I just got 3 weeks ago a 15.2 QH gelding. He isnt a huge build per say but average, though he has a very round back and mutton withers. I didnt get a saddle because I was waiting to see how to fit him. His previous owners said he needed a FQHB saddle. I tried a semi QHB and they were right. So I've been looking around.
I decided to get a new 16in Showman Pleasure saddle (FQHB) for now until I decide on what big brand to purchase. I rode him in it for the first time last night. I used a new white pad liner under the saddle to see the wear patterns the saddle was making. All preasure patterns are even on the shoulders and the cantle. I didnt get to sweat him up so no way to tell the sweat markings yet. I am able to put some fingers and my whole hand if I tried between the saddle and his shoulders while someone is sitting in the saddle. And there is 3 fingers stacked in the gullet. He didnt seem to be restricted in his movements when working him out at a walk trot or lope either.
HOWEVER, my concern is when I took the saddle off I noticed a dime size hair swirl on both shoulders sides. Does this mean it is pinching? Also the saddle had slid back just a little, but I can adjust my rigging so that the girth sets back a little more. Hopefully that will solve that problem. I want to mention as well that every saddle I have tried on him rolls when I go to get on, no matter how tight the girth.
Does my saddle sound like it fits or has anything that should raise a red flag? Will the saddle when it breaks in form to him better and give a little? And is there anything I can do to help with the rolling issue?
Thanks y'all for stopping by to help!!!