I know Dancer isn't nearly in shape to ride yet, but I'm sure she will be come spring. I also realize that measuring her now would probably be a waste of time since she is sure to gain more weight and muscle. But...exactly where do I need to measure her?
She's very short backed (something I really like, since I'm so fat - I think short backs tend to be stronger?). Would a round skirt be better? (I ride western) I need a large saddle seat. Had a 20" seat, but the gullet was WAY to wide for Dancer. Seat was comfy for me, though. I've lost about 40 lbs since then, so I could probably get away with an 18" saddle. I do need to be sure that it distributes the weight very well.
Daughter is bringing a saddle home in the next couple of weeks (she's been making payments on it) that may fit Dancer, but it sure won't fit me. However, that would mean that daughter could start lightly riding her after Dancer is in better shape.
Any recommendations? Will not be buying the saddle until probably February. Also need thoughts on saddle pads.
This was Dancer a couple of weeks ago. A slight change in her feed program was made and she's put on more weight since this was taken. We're having an ice storm right now, or I'd take new pix. Bear in mind her coloring does make her look worse than she actually is, as her back is darker, which highlights her lack of top line. And yes, I know she looks horrible! (Rain will be coming off of her in the next thirty days - soon as older daughter has a pen set up for her. That will help tremendously) She also needs lots of muscle! But Dancer's current condition is not quite what this thread is about...