Saddles… one of the most popular topics posted in discussion groups and lists. People love to talk and write about them. Endlessly. All the more so with Icelandics for obvious reasons having to do with their confirmation.
I am going to come right out and say that I advocate professional consultation.
I admit up front that I have a bias. I think that it is a complex subject that requires very specialized knowledge and experience. An improperly fitted saddle can damage a horse. It can make it uncomfortable to bear the weight of a rider and cause “spooking” or behavioral problems.