Lots of years ago I had a ‘typical’ Off the Track Thoroughbred with the highest ‘shark-fin’ wither I’ve seen.
Having struggled to find even a narrow gullet that gave the ‘4 fingers’ clearance without resembling a ski ramp I invested in a Balance International Saddle Demo. Without the funds needed to invest in one of the saddles I had to improvise.
The changes were dramatic! My horse went from Narrow to a Medium Wide gullet in 2 weeks! He moved a lot better, was more willing to work and had stopped shying at every ‘gremlin’ hiding in the bushes. Physically the horse developed a topline and started to get ‘mistaken’ for a warmblood. But then I made a mistake – I listened to people who told me that there was no way my horse could be that size. I hesitated and stopped allowing my horse to grow.
This brings me to my saddle fitting philosophy – “Never fit to a horses current shape but to what they should be”