So today I tried out a horse and a saddle at the same time. The saddle was a 16" and I typically ride a 17" - 18" saddle. I knew it would probably be a bit snug on me but I was still interested, because it was a nicer saddle and I could have definitely found use for it. Anyway; I got on him and he was okay until he turned his head, and then he started jumping around. I knew immediately it was a pain issue... he was trying really hard not to rear or buck or do something back, so I stepped off and checked everything. I'd checked his back before I rode him for soreness and there was none, so something was probably pinching him.
Here's my question: If your saddle doesn't fit you, could it apply pressure in all the wrong places and hurt the horse? I thought about it and it makes sense, but I couldn't find any reading material on it. I have a video of the horse's incident; I will post whenever I get it uploaded to YouTube.
Also, I found this website. It's about a certain saddle pad or something, but it has good info on saddle fit. Saddles are a major problem for all horses. Here’s why:
Thanks in advance HF!