Right now I'm just schooling on the flat. Lessons about two times a week. Neither me or my horse have the experience to jump at the moment, but eventually I do want to get on that level. I also would like to do a low level dressage test and a small hunter pleasure class within the up coming months.
When I'm not using this saddle, I use a Specialized Saddle (endurance). Comfy for us both and set to fit her. Soon we will begin conditioning for a 25 miler again so my focus will probably be shifted to that for a little bit. So this isn't the only saddle I have access to. However I am "loaning" that endurance saddle for the time being.
The Schleese videos are very handy! I believe I've seen them all.
The channel is quite narrow in the back of this Stubben, but most of the ones of this model made around the same time appear to have that same feature, from what I've seen in photos.
But I can't help but to wonder: Stubbens seem to be pretty highly regarded, and I guess that's apart of the reason why it was a top choice for me. I wonder why they would make the channels of these saddles narrow in the back if it were bad for the horse's spine? On the plus side, the channel through the front and middle of the saddle is not as narrow and seems to be of appropriate width.
This is not my saddle or photo, but an example of how these models look underneath.
While tacking up, I watch for any sourness in my mare. I also check for soreness before. And when we are done riding, I check for soreness again. I've seen nothing so far that would suggest she is uncomfortable. Every time I ride I am getting a nice, even sweat spot.
But, I definitely agree I should have the best possible fitting saddle for my horse and I will get there soon hopefully. I of course only want the best for my mare, but in the meantime I'm hoping this will get us through a few months.
I am currently in West Texas but will be moving back to Houston within the next 6-7 months.
Thank you guys!