My little (14.3 hands) grade gelding has a hard to fit shape, it seems. He has a very short back, high withers, broad, deep shoulders and round barrel/well sprung ribs. Ok, let's say a hay belly that makes him look preggo. LOL! Now to complicate things I'm not so svelte myself, and need a 16 inch western seat. My ideal would be to find an old fashioned used saddle with a rawhide covered wooded tree for him and me... nothing fancy, just super comfortable and well made. I love and adore the old tex tans but the one I had just didn't fit him. I realise I'm unlikely to find one to fit. :-( There seem to be these choices for a hrose with a real short back: Barrel saddles, even with the round skirts, most are still too long. Total length of the saddle must be 24 inches or less. If they are short enough they have smaller seats (like 14 inches). Also, the seat itself is *very* high in the front. I prefer a more balanced seat. Arabian saddles: I would buy one of these if I thought it would fit his high withers. His shoulders are broad but the previous owners say he goes best in semi-QH bars. I have read that an arabian western saddle has a "flatter pitch" than a regular western saddle which is built for a quarterhorse. I have no idea what this means or if it would fit my horse. I hope someone here could help explain this. Gaited saddles: I am opposed to a flex-tree and most of them seem to have that. Also, most are still too long even though they are made for horses with shorter backs? Endurance/australian: This is what I'm leaning towards, hopefully one with a solid western tree. Most are a little out of my price range. I might have to save up for one. Maybe even a custom one like Desoto? Treeless: I'm opposed to treeless, I feel like I may as well just ride bareback, which I am doing now! English: again, I prefer to have my weight distributed by a solid western tree that fits. The question is: can I find one that fits? If not, this may be my only choice. Any other ideas? Thanks so much!