Thank you wild_spot! I was hoping you'd see this thread. :)
That's good to know about the saddle placement. It feels SO weird to be able to see the highest point of her withers from the saddle. I guess I'm finally used to riding western.
It's good to know that it's actually in the correct place!
Thanks bsms! That's what I felt about their scapula comments too. I was like "really? But ok, you're supposed to know what you're doing..." I'm glad to hear that my initial skepticism was right.
I'm crossing my fingers that once it "conforms" to her back, it'll be better. I also noticed it slipping forward as we went downhill so maybe it is my weight pushing it around. My western pad happens to be one that I can add shims to so I'll probably try shimming up her back just to see what happens with my next ride. Good idea!
Having a horse that's 14.1, 1000lbs, and wider than a bus is a challenge too! I can relate!
Thanks QOS! There's about 4 fingers of clearance between her withers and the saddle from the ground and about 2.5/3-ish from the saddle. I checked it at the end of the ride and it hadn't sunk more than that, so I figure that's good?
So how did it feel riding in it?
It's wonderful! I have never felt more secure in the saddle, ever. I'm generally terrified of Lacey tripping or slipping because I always feel like I could slip out of the saddle at any point but both times I've ridden in this saddle so far, I haven't had a feeling like I could go anywhere other than just staying in the saddle. Lacey was putting up a bit of a fight today about going for a ride ("why does Mr. UPS man get to go back past my house? I wanna go toooo!" *insert temper tantrum*) and I had a secure seat the entire time. It was so so great.
The one thing I need to figure out is posting. Or I need to figure out how to sit Lacey's trot. She's a relatively big mover and those poley's were making posting interesting. It wasn't painful or anything, they were just messing with my rhythm a smidge since they make the up part of posting a little quicker. Cantering was great. I was nervous at first since apparently I've taken to holding the horn while cantering (I had no idea, the things you learn, hahaha) but once I got over that it was really nice.
Anyway, sorry for the novel!
Basically, riding in it was absolutely fantastic.
I have not a clue if it fits or not but she looks great in it
I think an Australian saddle really suits her "style" since she's not really "prissy" (stereotype, yes) - English, and she's not really "all work, chase those cows, hot weather" (more stereotyping, haha) - Western. She's just kinda in between like an Australian saddle! Prissy some days, getting the job done on others, all while being as pretty and ladylike as possible. LOL!
And, since I have a birthmark that is shaped like Australia, my camp and forum name is Wallaby, and my favorite country is Australia, well, I think it was destined to be.
And thanks Gidget! I actually have both of those. I plan on giving them a try if shimming the pad doesn't help. :)