Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: in a mystical, magical place called Pennsylvania, USA
I would say use a breastplate also. My mom has an Icelandic, and she needs a breastplate even if we are just on flat ground, because the saddle will just slide back and she'll end up sitting on his loins, because of the side-to-side motion of his gait. I also need one for my Haffie (and I mean NEED, not "just because it looks cool", Joe4d) because she is seriously built like a barrel. Big round tummy, VERY wide back, and not well-defined withers, backbone, or anything like that. So if I just put my saddle on, I can actually feel and see the saddle sliding back weather I'm jumping or going up hills. And if I tighten the girth anymore, she won't be able to breath! The saddle fits fine, she's just like a tube of fluff. Plus, she's pregnant!