Alright I'm looking for a saddle for Lily. My Bob Marshall is ok, but her withers are too high and I think the saddle is too long for her. I'll post a picture later on.
The saddle needs to be something I fit into... Do they even make saddles for ponys that adults can ride? My Bob Marshall is a 15". I'd like to get an English and a Western, but maybe an Aussie is a better idea? Anyone have any suggestions? Later on I'll ride her bareback more but right now she's not really a good bareback horse.
Maybe find a round skirted saddle? Alot of barrel saddles can be found with a round skirt, round skirts always seem to fit smaller or short backed horses/ponies better too. And just look for a narrower tree or higher pommel. And theres always shoulder build up saddle pads. As for the english I don't know
Mine is already a round skirt. I'll take a picture and show how it fits her.... It might not be too long, but the pommel is definitely too low. It's a treeless saddle with a skito pad. Not sure what other pads I need to or could add..
As long as it doesn't interfer with her flanks or hind in movement it can work length wise. Theres alot of nice built up saddle pads in western, though they cost a bit but are deffinatly worth it and it's cheaper than buying another saddle. Like the Classic Equine Bio Fit, but there are cheaper ones. Look on statelinetack.com
I've been told that a saddle is best positioned 2-3 fingers width behind the shoulder and no farther back than where their last rib contacts their back. That is the "weight bearing surface" of the horse's back. There's a little wiggle room when it comes to western saddles as I've been told, but you've got to be pretty precise about it to get a good fit with english saddles.
(Note in the image I've included that their last rib curves. It's easier to find it initially a little lower and then sort of trace along its curve back up to where it connects with the spine.)
In my understanding it's somewhat rare to really have a horse/rider combination that just won't work out in terms of the size saddle that the horse requires as opposed to what the rider needs... but it does happen.
I ride my 13.2 hh pony in a regular "adult" size 17.5" dressage saddle. I have to be really meticulous about placing the saddle, but it works out rather nicely I think.
Here is the saddle I've been using on her. The pommel is too low, but a friend has a saddle the same length with a peaked pommel that I can probably borrow for the time being. But I don't want to waste my time if the saddle is too long, you know?