Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: An English Girl living in beautiful Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
Oh dear, I do feel for you. We just take it for granted here that when we need a saddle...... we call out a saddle-fitter, who comes laden with loads of saddles, new and old, together with years of training and experience. I had never really seen 'English' saddles from a Western viewpoint before!
A badly fitting saddle will hurt your horse, end of story. You just can't compromise or 'make-do' with saddles, it has to be fitted right to your horse. And unless you have a proper saddle fitter fit your saddle, the potential is that you will only find out that it's not fitting - and causing pain - when it's too late. You might end up with a grumpy horse, or a horse with a bad back, or a newly developed habit of rearing, bucking or napping come out of nowhere.
If you can... take your time. Post those photos without the cloth and then go from there.
Get up, get going, seize the day. Enjoy the sunshine, the rain, cloudy days, snowstorms, and thunder. Getting on your horse is always worth the effort.