Saddle Fitting-Questions photo's included Pessoa vs Barnsby
So I just bought a 5 yr old Thoroughbred off the track. He still has some muscle and weight to put on. I just started to ride him and my older Crosby doesn't fit. I just tried a Barnsby on him and it looks pretty good. The saddle fits me well. I also have a new Pessoa A/O with AMS and the changable gullet coming. Not sure how the pessoa will fit yet. But if they both fit him well which would you choose and why? The Barnsby is foam flocked while the Pessoa is wool and the changable gullet. I usually only ride my horse but on occasion I will ride other horses. I have attached the photos of the Barnsby and I will put the photo's of the Pessoa up when I get it. I am so confused about which is the best saddle. Please help!!! http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/k...7/IMG_9822.jpg
bluemooncowgirl is right, it's really difficult to tell from the photos, especially when you are using a saddle pad. Ideally, you want a view of the back of the saddle as well as one showing how it fits the shoulders.
As for choice of saddles, I do like Barnsbys but as your horse's back and muscles change, you are better off going with a wool flocking so it can be adjusted for the changes.
You really should try to find a good saddle fitter in your area.
I have a saddle fitter coming on saturday to take a look. Here is another picture of the saddle without the pad. I am going to take some more today girthed up without the pad on.
How does the Pessoa ride? I really loved my old saddle which doesn't fit him at all but I never realized that it didn't really put me in a great position when riding until I rode in this saddle. When I sat on that it was amazing, like something clicked. http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/k...7/IMG_0631.jpg