08-09-2009, 11:50 PM
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I don't think the weight of the saddle really has much to do with it. Flash was diagnosed with navicular about 21 years ago and was never ridden in anything except a roping saddle (averages 45 lbs). I think it is more about how they are ridden and the type of terrain they are ridden on. Very rough or steep terrain tended to aggravate his or if we asked him to really run or if he was roped off of as he got older. I would give him some time with very little or no work to let the initial inflammation go down and get him off the bute, then just start slowly and keep a close eye to measure what he can do. I think your saddle will work fine so don't worry about it.