For mutton withered (or completely witherless) horses, I’ve never seen the specialty anatomic girths and nonslip saddle pads prevent saddles from sliding forward. A crupper was the only thing I’ve seen that actually worked.
But I’ve never owned a true hoop tree saddle. How do they prevent the saddle from sliding forward? Or do they just provide stability?
I think I read on COTH that some saddles claim to have hoop trees but really don’t. Is that still a thing? Duetts are the gold-standard for affordable hoop trees, correct?
Any new developments in saddlefitting for witherless horses in the last 5 years?