So, I've always ridden huntseat. Recently, on a total impulse, I bought a Dressage saddle! I rode in it for the first time yesterday and it's GREAT! So now, a few questions:
-How do I care for black tack to keep it BLACK?
-How should the girth fit? About how far down from the flaps should the buckles hit? I don't have a girth yet and will need to buy the correct size. I scrounged around for a pony hunt girth (it's a 36") and it held the saddle on fine. But those billets have like 10" worth of holes on each side...I could probably use any girth from 20-40 inches!
-Stirrup Length...should they be longer than my hunt stirrups? I normally ride to where they hit my ankle bone when I relax my leg (out of the stirrup).
-Do Dressage saddles tend to fit a little snugger than hunt saddles? I normally ride in a 16 or 16.5" in fairly flat-seated close contacts. The Dressage saddle I bought is a 16.5" and it feels smaller...but maybe it's just the deep seat (higher cantle) so I can't slide around so much.
Thanks for your help! Any Dressage Beginnings tips are welcomed and appreciated! Or any recommendation on a nice (not too pricey) dressage girth (roller buckles & elastic are a must!).