So I just ordered an Australian saddle since they seem like they might be my best bet for a saddle that will actually fit Lacey's wide flat back.
Only problem? I've never ridden in an Australian saddle before or even seen one in real life before.
I think that I'll enjoy it though because I've spent the majority of the 14 years I've been riding, riding english and loving it. I just had to switch to western with Lacey because english saddles fit her, as a general rule, even worse than western ones do (and we do a lot of trail riding where a little more security in the saddle is nice).
However, I know nothing about what kind of pad to use etc. Is a breast collar a must or will I be ok over most terrain without one? Is it "proper" to neck rein or is it like english where direct reining is "proper"?
Is there anything specific to Aussie saddles that I should know?
The one I bought doesn't have an over girth, thank goodness! It just needs a dressage girth (how do I measure for that since it's coming with one but I'm betting it won't be the right size).
I'm really excited! It should be here in about 2 weeks.