This is seeming more and more like a longshot, but I’ve got a horse with a tough combination of back conformational points to fit. I’ve got a saddle that fits him quite well, but he’s long and with how far the low point of his back is paired with how forward his heart girth is and a general lack of real “spring” to his ribs, a normal cinch always ends up sliding back slightly, causing the saddle to slide back with it.
I am having trouble finding a cinch that will minimize the sliding. I do not want to rely on a breastplate to “hold” the saddle where it should sit. I’ve played with the rigging on the saddle but it hasn’t helped much. I am thinking a contoured, “shoulder relief” style cinch would work but I’ve never bought one before. I love Mattes products and they have a cinch designed for the issue, but to the tune of almost $300. I prefer natural materials if possible, so neoprene, etc is not ideal.
Any suggestions or experience with this sort of cinch style, or recommendations on brands to try?