Shoulder vs Saddle placement and girthing....
I was taking a look at how I place the saddle on my boy's back. He has "average" withers with a good shoulder that seems to place the saddle further back than what I am used to so it doesn't limit his gait.
However this placement also seems to place the girth further back; instead of in the "heartgirth" area right behind his legs its closer to being around his chest. He does open up more in his strides when I put the saddle in that "further back" spot, but it just seems wierd to me. Its probably the space of about 1/2 inch but it makes a huge difference in visual AND in how he moves.
Normal? Not? I was trying to research it but I am unable to find much. I have never seen a saddle that places that far back and my trainer says he moves a lot better with it back further than up blocking his shoulders.