For that matter, what is the problem with the horse you are leasing? You said something about that he couldn't use a western saddle? The horse that my husband rides had gotten so that a western saddle hurt her back because she is so high in the withers and butt. I bought this saddle pad, and she is like a new horse.
According to the owner and trainer, it is a problem with how the western saddles are hitting her shoulders, which caused muscle atrophy??????
She was lame for a long time until they figured out it was a saddle issue. She doesn't have a sway back and her withers are almost non existent..i was using a foam shim when I rode to keep the saddle from leaning forward.
She is 27 years old and is a retired champion barrel racer so she has some arthritis issues too. She is a sweet girl and I don't mind riding her bareback around the farm. I could definitely continue to ride her if I could get a saddle to fit properly but I still think I would like to find a horse a few years younger.
The only other horse at the farm that is available for me to ride is Jerry..who is between 30 and 32 years old. He is a grumpy old man but we won first place in novice barrels at a fun show in October. He is a very smooth ride and a great confidence builder under saddle but is a holy terror on the ground. I guess if I was a 32 year old horse and someone was still riding me, I would be grumpy too. I looked at the fun show in October as his "swan song" and feel he should only be used for very light riding from here on out.
I wouldn't give up on him. My horse threw me off twice in one ride once and we didn't know what was going on. Then a couple days later I was riding and he fell down while we were trotting around. Completely wiped out. Both of this is not like him at all. Even though he is an 8 year old thoroughbred eventer he has never dumped me like this or fallen, ever. I had the vet come out and it turns out there was a loose screw in my saddle that would pinch him everytime I sat down and after a long ride it hurt so bad he threw me off. Ever since I got my saddle fitted and the screw fixed he has been awesome and hasn't done anything like it since.
OK...here is a pic of my current lease, Anna. I have my own Abetta saddle that does not fit her and I had been using a barn owned Circle Y High Horse saddle on her until we found out it was causing muscle atrophy in her shoulders.
We tried every single western saddle at the barn and none fit. Hence, the reason why I have only been riding bareback and looking for another horse.
If anyone has suggestions for a type of pad to try, that would be great. Celeste, do you think the pad you suggested would work on her? I am willing to pay some money for a new pad if it means I can ride her in a western saddle again. I have been using various 1 inch thick western pads...nothing fancy.
Are there any trail riding stables near you? A lot of times they are willing to sell their horses and for the most part they are pretty well broke and are used to riders with no experience,. My friend has a horse that used to work at one of those places and he's a fantastic horse! He's such a babysitter, maybe call up and see if they have any horses that they are willing to sell
That's an idea. We don't have any really close but there are some within100 miles. My trainer is on a mission to find the right horse for me. She enjoys looking and is also looking for another of her students. I think she feels really bad that Sonny bucked me off.
Her back is a bit low in the middle and that pad might help. It costs a bit over $100 and you could put that money toward your special horse rather than buy a weird pad for a horse that you may not keep. It has made my horse that my husband rides usable again.
Your horse's conformation looks A LOT like mine's.
And a Wintec 250 all purpose saddle fits her perfectly. What's better, Wintec saddles have adjustable gullets so that you can fine tune the gullet width and the 250 has wool flocking in the panels so a saddle fitter can make it fit your horse's back perfectly.
While the Wintec 250 is an english saddle, it should NOT make any difference to your security on horseback.
If someone needs a huge saddle with a handle sticking out of the pommel to stay on, some serious basics are lacking.
The English saddles at the barn fit her just fine...it is only the western saddles that don't fit. I can ride her in an English saddle...i just prefer not to. I prefer western tack and it has nothing to do with needing a large saddle with a handle in order to stay on...because obviously such a saddle didn't keep me from coming off the horse that I started this thread about.
I prefer western tack and it has nothing to do with needing a large saddle with a handle in order to stay on...because obviously such a saddle didn't keep me from coming off the horse that I started this thread about.
Yeah, that didn't come out quite like I meant it.
My suggestion is try one of the english saddles that fit your horse and ride him that way until you find a western one that fits.
Who knows, maybe he was in pain when he bucked you off?