Well, tried the side saddle on Freedom. Unfortunately, it looks like this:
The seam should be a straight line just behind the shoulder blade and it should set level across the back (the red lines are correct). Meaning... it's too narrow over the withers. Fortunately, I think the tree gullet is wide enough, it's just that the lady who sold it "Bubba'd" the hell out of the flocking (padding) and a few other things. Just like an old rifle, someone took this antique saddle and 'fixed' it to suit their purpose without any regard to how it should have been repaired (I even found duct tape!). She said that the professional she took it to wanted $500.00 to repair it so she let her friend, "Bear" do it. *facepalm* Looks like it'll be going to the saddlery for the love & repair it should have gotten to begin with. Luckily, it fits me like a glove - so a little reworking and TLC should see me riding aside.