My gelding has a chronic sore back for reasons unknown. I've had him checked extensively by my vet and he could find nothing wrong with his back that is fixable. I get a chiropractor out to see him when he gets sore, and then he's fine for about six months, after which he starts getting sore again and I have to call the chiropractor out again, and so on. My vet said there's no reason why he can't be ridden during the time between chiropractor visits.
So my question is... Do you think it would be better to ride him bareback or with a saddle? I know riding with a saddle is supposed to give more support to the back, but he only gets sore towards the back of his back.
He's only sore here:
So... I could ride him bareback and not even touch the part that gets sore, or I could ride him with a saddle and give the rest of his back support, but put weight on the part that gets sore.
Which do you think is better?