I’m having a heck of a time trying to find a saddle. My beloved Crosby sadly doesn’t fit my horse right.
My mare has a short, straight back and wide shoulders with virtually no withers, and needs a saddle that has ample padding in the rear gussets that sits flat on her back. My Crosby’s padding scoops up along the back, causing kind of a rocking issue on her.
Finding a saddle with padding hasn’t been an issue at all. My problem is… I have a terrible time riding in saddles with large blocks. I’ve always ridden in flatter saddles, like my Crosby and older Stubbens, so large blocks just drive me insane. But it seems every saddle I’ve found with the padding I want for my horse has giant rolls and blocks. And every saddle that has smaller blocks has padding that scoops up in the back.
Can anyone recommend some brands/models that have smaller rolls? Unfortunately, I have zero saddle fitters in my area and the nearest consignment shop is a good 2+ hours away, so I’m relying on the internet to find a saddle I like. I was looking at the Duetts because it looks like they have removable rolls, but I’m concerned that the saddle flap is shaped around the roll and removing/replacing it will cause issues with how it sits.
I’m working with a budget of $1200 MAX, preferably less, which is easily doable. It just means I can’t exactly go ordering a custom fit!