I absolutely LOVE my new saddle! I rode Duncan twice yesterday, once in a flat pad and once in a my Ricotti pad. The Ricotti pad has a gradual build up in the wither area and was a perfect fit.
This saddle was made on a wide tree, but they can adjust it a bit because they put some sort of flocking or padding under the bars of the saddle. I'm hoping it will work without sending it back to have that done though. It was also made for a man, which works for me because I need a narrower seat since the accident screwed up my pelvis and hips. The guy it was made for was close to me in height, weight, and inseam. Pretty cool. :)
The seat us super cushy with no pressure points anywhere, and the leather is kind of grippy. I love love love it! I even love the English billets. Less bulk, easy to adjust.
Duncan is doing OK with riding. Stops and goes and turns. He bleeds to the right with his shoulder when turning left, usually in the direction of other horses. Backing up is sloppy but I don't do it how the trainer did, and half the time I try to do it how he did, which just makes it confusing for both of us.
I think we need to get out of the round pen now, but the weather isn't really cooperating. Wind and rain and slick footing. I'm thinking about finding someone who does lessons in an indoor arena. I definitely am more driven to ride now! I love my horse. :)