Join Date: May 2011
Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Rachel, I ride English too (when I use a saddle). I fit a 17", so not that much bigger. Mostly, I ride bareback.
Horsesdontlie, that's great to know. I'm hoping it's the same for my girl. She's pretty out of shape, so there's a possibility.
It seems that a lot of Standardbreds have this same shape to their back, in varying degrees. I've never noticed it before, but probably because I wasn't looking for it. It's not as apparent in a racing fit horse, but when I look at images of broodmares, I can definitely see it in a lot of them. It also seems much more common in pacers, so I'm wondering if the particular shape of their back lends itself to the gait? Like I said, I never noticed it in all the years I worked at the track, but now that I'm actually looking at it in my horse and trying to do some research, I'm seeing it in a lot of Standardbreds.