It's become very obvious that my TWH HATES the Aussie saddle I've been riding her in. She went to the neighbor's for a month of training and she did wonderfully in his cheap synthetic saddle. Today we put my saddle on her, the trainer hopped on her and she started acting all screwy. She's never bucked before, but she did some mild bucking today.
Now, the trainer outweighs me by 90 pounds, so we figured that that was why she was never that bad with me in my saddle. However, she doesn't gait well in it, so I've been questioning this saddle for quite a while. I was never sure if it was the saddle or something I was doing. I rode her in his cheap synthetic and she was wonderful. It is definitely the saddle. Really stinks since I love riding in it - it feels so secure.
So, now I'm trying to figure out what to buy. I did a wither tracing to fit the Aussie, so now I'm lost as to how to get something that fits.
Neighbor recommended an Abetta (though his is something else). I like their endurance models - I would prefer something without a horn. Any thoughts on Abettas?
Would I be better off to get a saddle for a "gaited" horse, considering what happened with the Aussie?
BTW - I only trail ride - sometimes all day. I think I'd like the easy cleaning and lightweight aspect of a synthetic.