Wide vs. narrow--channel UPDATE post 32: horse is still sore!
I just bought an older used saddle, and am not sure right now if I want to keep it or not.
The gal who rides my horse said that she thought the channel was too narrow. (My horse is a narrow TB.)
I have heard this also from a saddle fitter who worked on my previous saddle, a Passier made in 2000. (The current saddle is about the same vintage.) He was in the business of making and selling custom saddles, so I took it with a grain of salt.
With this new saddle, I am holding on to that grain of salt: are all of these older saddles with the narrow channels really so bad? How did all the horses of yesteryear manage to survive without their backs caving in? Are all the wise COTHers who proudly describe their 20+ year old Stubbens and Passiers wrong???
I am just skeptical of this issue. On my budget, I would rather have an older good saddle than a newer crap saddle. But is a wider channel really necessary?