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post #11 of 14 Old 01-10-2012, 10:18 PM
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Well a plus is you have a nice seat
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post #12 of 14 Old 01-11-2012, 12:15 AM
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PRI (Pro Rim International..?) makes really nice english pads!! I found mine on Ebay. It's worth taking a look ;) The kind I have is 1/2 padded with wool to comfort the horses' back. I think it was around $50ish..
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Thank you guys so much!
I just realized I posted this on the wrong critique me forum. Woops. I'm hoping to start jumping a little... Maybe... I've done it a lot before bareback on Specs but never in a saddle (kinda messed up, but whatever! haha!) so I'm hoping to do that once I get comfortable and much better in an English saddle. Plus I found a trainer who comes out to my house to give lessons to me on my own horse, and she has some experience with English (mainly western pleasure, though) so she's going to give me lessons. :)

Maybe the reason his saddle looks so narrow to some on here is because he's so fat right now?? He's never ever this fat, and I'm using a 50 inch girth on him right now... In the summer he uses a 42-46, if that. The hay's getting to him. (no, he doesn't have worms, either :P. That's what I'd think if I didn't know he's on a regular worming schedule.) haha!

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post #14 of 14 Old 01-11-2012, 07:11 PM
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If you don't have an English saddle pad, you can use your western one. It won't pad the lower parts of the flaps, but it will pad under the saddle pressure points. I used to use a wool navaho pad to school in all the time.

Also, it looks like you have the noseband buckled over the sides (cheek pieces) of the bridle. The noseband goes under the sides of the bridle. It may be that the photo only looks that way in the first photo.

Get a couple of different people to check the saddle fit. Or, put it on your horse's back with no pad and take photos at all angles for us to look at. If it is determined that it is the correct width, the saddle may be slipping forward because your horse does not have a prominent enough wither to keep it back. This is a common problem with many warmbloods I have ridden. There is a thing called a "foregirth" that fits in front of the saddle. It has little wings on it to hold the saddle in place. It could help a LOT!

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