Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Vilnius, Lithuania
• Horses: 0
Gorgeous horse :)
My main concern is - he's really young... I understand that being part TB he should be maturing faster, however, to me he looks like he still has quite a bit of growing and filling out to do, hence I wouldn't be riding him just yet. The weight on his back isn't doing him any favours.
The bareback riding actually isn't too good for a horse's back either. Of course, it depends on how much of it you do and how often. Bear in mind that saddles are purposely made to distribute the weight evenly and the keep clear of the spine which is important if you want the back to be sound and well developed.
When the time comes I would go for a dressage saddle or maybe for a GP/Dressage but just choose a brand and type that doesn't make you feel like you are tipping forward.
P.S. Completely off topic but - do you have any Lithuanian heritage? Your last name (I'm assuming this by your nickname) sounds very Lithuanian :)