I have a saddle for sale and it has caused me some frustration as several folks have passed on it because they claim the tree is too narrow for their horse.
The saddle is a western pleasure/show saddle made by Textan, it has a nearly 7 inch gullet and full QH bars..... yet the complaint it is too narrow is misunderstood, the saddle is generous and made to fit a modern horse.... their horses are too FAT!
OK I said it.... perhaps the PC police wont be too harsh on me. ;~)
I keep my horses on the athletic and lean side, enough fat to properly cushion their muscles but still able to see a hint of rib while in motion. A fat horse is not fit and likely to chafe under the girth, saddles are difficult to fit and fat withers are dangerously at risk for galling and allowing the saddle to roll. Putting a normal and generous size tree on a fat horse and trying to pad it correctly is like wearing 2 pairs of thick socks to cushion shoes that pinch.
I found this link on the internet with a body scoring and conditioning quiz to test yourself.
Body Score Quiz
After you take the quiz come back and guess the body score of my horses, I'll post the answers ( Or what I evaluate them at later) later.
Domino 3 years 14.3H
Missy 25 years 14.2 H
Dolly 20 months, 14H (she is a pest and impossible to stand for a pic)
Cricket 4 years 15.2H
Maurice 17 Years 11H