A picture of him wearing the saddle without me on him.
Looking down at his shoulders. Now you see why I keep saying he feels so narrow LOL!
Closer up shot of the saddle. This was after I rode.
Also after I untacked him I ran my hands over his back so I could feel the sweat marks (they were really hard to see) and he was sweatiest on his back where the cantle of the saddle sits... there was almost no sweat on the front behind his withers. Here is a picture to kind of show you what I mean....
You will probably have to click the picture to enlarge it to read it lol. I ran my hand down his back on both sides and when my hand got to the part where the most sweat was his ears flicked back, but I don't know if that's because I pressed down harder or because that's where my hand stopped or because he couldn't figure out what I was doing. He didn't throw his head up or try to move or act like he was in pain or anything. I'll test it again after the next ride to see if he does it again.... heck his back muscles could be sore just getting used to carrying weight in a different spot since I normally ride bareback which has me sitting closer to his withers, it may not be the saddle at all... or he may not be sore lol. I don't know. I really wish I could find a chiropractor. I hate moving.
So anyway I am definitely saving my money for a dressage saddle because as nice as the Aussie saddle is for long trail rides it does not make it easy to get into a correct dressage seat so I don't see it working out well for dressage lessons (which I hope to start taking as soon as we finish building our house). I'll keep an eye on his back and keep you guys updated! Thanks in advance for your comments, advice, tips, discussion, references, etc. :) You guys are awesome!