I decided to ease up on myself and get a lighter weight saddle. I saved ten pounds with the Parelli Cruiser saddle. It weighs in at 18 pounds. It comes with english stirrup leathers, and endurance type cushioned stirrups. It gives the feel of a secure seat. It has the same tree as the Natural Performer western saddle for distribution of weight, for long hours in the saddle!
I decided to use the Parelli Smart Pad. There is a velcroed pocket in the top and on the front for shim insertion and adjustment.
I had the help of a Parelli professional to adjust the shimming. Make sure the saddle is set back behind the shoulder allowing the scapula to move back without interference, and shim to give the saddle a slight edge up in front to give the rider that center point while riding. Check shoulder clearance for tightness.
I’ve been using the Parelli shimming system with their saddles since 2008. Never a problem for the horses! I stick with what I know works for horse and rider!
What saddle fitting decisions have you had lately?
Hope this helps!