Had an independent fitter out to see my horses (2).
I currently ride them both in a Childeric FAP that was purchased for the youngster (now 4) but he has done a lot of changing shape (width and size of wither specifically) in the last year and is coming to the max width for the saddle. Good news is it still fits the semi retired one perfectly.
Now I hired an independent after being taken on a ride with CWD and wasting $$$$.
The fitter tried about 20 saddles of various brands and models on the youngster, up and coming Hunter show horse, and the best fit for him and myself was an Amerigo DJ Largo. I tried one that he was pretty much maxing out and the fitter is recommending I order a new one in a 1.5+ tree for longevity since he’s likely to get a bit wider still.
I really liked the demo I rode in. I rode better than I ever have according to a UL eventer friend who watched me. But I am so gun shy about buying something new again. Especially something $$$$. I understand his point. This horse will max out that tree in one adjustment. I am super lucky to be able to afford to buy a new one but I am just so nervous. I don’t want to keep going through saddle purchases- especially new ones.