It would definitely be a lot cheaper to just ride him bareback, rather than continuing to throw away money on saddles that don't fit anyways. I could put him in the semi-fitting saddle for trail rides. I was going to do our little barn show with him; it's super informal, maybe I could ride that bareback.
When I told her I had a saddle fitter coming out, the barn owner / instructor was like, "Why buy a saddle now when it won't fit him any more once he gets into shape?" I responded, "I've had him almost two years now, and no amount of riding has ever gotten him into shape." He's just a sausage, now and forever more.
(Note to those concerned about his weight: barn owner is no longer going to feed round bales in their pasture, since all of them except Teddy are fat)
Anyway, I see that I have digressed from my original question. I appreciate all of the explanations. When I try these saddles, I'm definitely going to think about how my leg feels. I have been riding in random saddles for so long that I don't really have a sense of what a correct fit feels like. I don't even know how my leg is supposed to feel, partially because I had been switching back and forth between a dressage saddle and an AP saddle on two of my horses.
"Saddle fit -- it's a no brainer!"" - random person
Last edited by ACinATX; 01-23-2020 at 04:55 PM.