Hey all! I’m looking for advice on saddle fit for my horse that is nearly impossible to fit for a saddle. I’ve been part of the CWD gang for a while now, but it doesn’t seem to be fitting my horse’s (large) shoulders. Over the summer he got really sore because my previous saddle was pinching him in the BACK of the saddle (panels were too tight on his back and with only a fitted pad for showing, he got really sore). That was also a CWD. I swapped to another CWD that is much better in the back in terms of pinching, but is too tight in his shoulders and low in his wither area, and the way that his muscles are causes the back of the saddle to rub him. Obviously given his history of soreness, this is something I’m looking into. I’ve tried him in some other saddles as well, such as two different versions of the Voltaire Palm Beach (too tight in shoulders/withers, I think one had pro panels and the other had custom panels for a friend’s horse), and an Antares evolution. So far the Antares is what we’ve liked the most (fits shoulders well) but with the way my horse is shaped it still moved a bit as we rode. I really like the french saddles, and I’d prefer to stick to them. We’ve also tried a variety of pads, which have made the problem a bit better but I’d rather address the problem than avoid it. We’re headed to Ocala in a few weeks and if we don’t figure out a good saddle before then, I’ll have more fitters look at him in FL.
I guess what I’m wondering is:
- Has anybody had success with saddle brands or models for similar problems?
- Would a non-slip pad help with this kind of thing?