Look into the Abetta Endurance saddle. That is what I have for my chunk of a Cob. You can see she is short backed and round.
Since she's also croup-high, I'd make extra sure that whatever saddle you get fits well on her shoulders--you don't want any added pressure there😄 I agree with everyone on getting an endurance or treeless saddle. IMO, with a hard to fit horse, it's better to have a comfy saddle without a tree and perhaps more localized pressure under the rider than ouchy pressure points from an ill-fitting tree.Hello all! I have come to seek some wisdom on an age old struggle...fitting a saddle to the wither-less, barrel-shaped, short-backed pony. She is an extremely easy keeper who put on some pounds while I finished my degree and lived too far away to work her regularly.
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Now that I am back home, I am slowly bringing her back into work and am at the point where I can work on re-introducing tack...problem is, I don't have a saddle out here wide enough to accommodate those withers! I have been looking into Western saddles, Aussie saddles, and am also considering a treeless saddle from Ghost. I do not compete or show at this point, so the saddle just needs to be comfortable for arena work and trail riding. Does anyone have tips or brand recommendations for saddles with wide trees that are also suitable for short backs? The longest saddle skirt length she can fit is 26" front to back. I am fortunate enough to be in a position where I could afford to buy a saddle brand new as well, so cost should not be an issue. Thank you all in advance!
(PS...if anyone knows where to find western-style woven wool blankets that are 32" long or smaller, please let me know)
That is the main reason why I was hesitant to consider the soft saddle. I will give it a few trial rides at a nice and steady walk and see how stable it feels. I make my own mohair tack, so I have several different breastcollars to choose from to help stabilize it.I will mention that treeless saddles can be difficult to mount from the ground without having them slip. Not sure how important that is to you. When I first started riding in treeless saddles a few years ago, I was very concerned about their safety and stability because I rode hot and spooky horses. I've never had an issue with a saddle sliding during a spook, rear or on a running horse. I don't use a breast collar either. That being said, I often have difficulty getting on from the ground unless the girth is tight enough, and I usually find something to get on such as a log or area of raised ground.
With the cashel saddle, I'd be careful about using the stirrups because it does have less structure than a treeless saddle and might slip if you put too much pressure in one stirrup.