In other words, the tree that's supposed to fit him doesn't. It's too wide by an INCH. It's like having a wide tree on a saddle that should be a medium-wide.
*Insert various four-letter words here*
The options are:
- Sell this saddle and buy the 17 inch Eventer that DOES fit him, and somehow cram my butt into it.
- Sell this saddle and wait until the perfect jumping saddle comes along (17.5 inch Stabilizer, if you please, but who knows WHAT tree size).
- Sell this saddle and see if I can find a dressage saddle that fits him instead, then wait till the perfect jumping saddle comes along.
- Reflock this saddle, adding felted wool to the points to build up the tree a bit, then see if we can flock it enough to make it work. Possibly include a pad with shims.
What a frickin' headache.
In the meantime, I have no way to ride my horse.