Thanks to whoever posted on the other thread, and I hope you all join me again on this one!
So, now we're onto the dreaded question: does the saddle really fit?
Lately, I've been worried again (I've always questioned this) about how my horse's saddle fits her. The saddle sometimes slides left to right. Sometimes it's not so bad, and other times it's 2/3 off the side of her. I know, I know. RED FLAG. I then tried a new approach- a different saddle pad. It helped the problem, but not to the extent that I felt comfortable with. Walking, trotting, and cantering would be ok, but I wouldn't jump higher than a foot with this problem.
Next, sometimes she will buck or "suck-up" under herself when asked to go into a faster gait. The "suck-up" thing is where she tenses under herself and refuses to go forward. I don't know if that even has a word for it... but she just simply doesn't want to STRETCH out under the saddle and elongate herself. She has this beautiful free-floating arabian trot, but she doesn't do it when she's being ridden. Please note that she is also green, and still learning her gait transitions. The bending she has no problem with. She can do wonderful beginner reining spins.
The last thing I want to mention before showing y'all pictures is that the back end of the saddle "wiggles" back and forth on her back to the point it rubs some hair off. There has been no bald spots or sores, but more hair is on that part of the saddle pad when I check it.
* * There is no physical sign of pain or rubbing anywhere on her back after a ride. I rub down her back, and she doesn't flinch or move away like it's sore. I'm worried that it's just because this is the beginning phase, and I don't ride her routinely and for long periods of time (one hour TOPS).
(if you need any different/better ones, let me know! I'm going back to the barn again tonight):
P.S. I know that the saddle pad isn't lined up correctly. LOL I was in a rush.
If the saddle looks like it fits, great! If it doesn't, please also let me know what type of saddle/size you would recommend. I am willing to get another saddle if I need to.
Please and thank you!