Lacey has suddenly become very cinchy over the last few weeks (she's literally gotten within an inch of biting me and she DOES NOT bite, ever) and I'm worried that her saddle may not fit so well anymore. She doesn't flinch or get testy when I run my fingers down her back in the way you do to check for soreness, but she's an amazingly stoic mare so I'm not sure she'd flinch even if she was in severe pain. Her saddle pad is also showing a lot more pressure at the back of the saddle, which according to my saddle fitting book, can be caused by the saddle having too much rocker to it or the rider riding in a chair seat consistently. I know that I don't have a chair seat with this saddle, this is actually the only saddle ever that has literally made me unable to be in a chair seat (I'm a chair seat addict). I'm also pretty sure that the saddle, if anything, has too little rocker for Lacey...so I don't know what's going on there.
The last time we critiqued it, it was determined that it may be on the narrower side of perfect and that it might be too straight for Lacey's back, but that it was a pretty good fit overall. I'd just like to check that that is still true since her back has gone through some muscle changes (good ones, I think) over this last year.
NdAppy also pointed out, on another thread where I posted a picture of this saddle + Lacey, that she feels like the saddle is sitting really really high on Lacey's back... I'm totally not sure.
First, back pictures:
Still, with head up (from a few weeks ago, she's lost some weight and LOTS of hair since then, haha)-
Saddle pad marks (the hair isn't really heavier on the right side, it's really pretty even from side to side, my camera was having a hard time because the light was coming form that direction so it overexposed the picture right there), the top of the picture is the front (withers area) of the pad-
No saddle pad-
Down the gullet (sorry about that hair, haha)-
2 fingers between gullet+Lacey-
From the back, no bridging here!-
Plus saddle pad-
Three finger widths now?? O.o
Down the gullet (I could still see light, the camera couldn't apparently)-
From the back (see! Light!)-
And I forgot to take shoulder pictures so this one from the fall will have to suffice for now...
Thanks you for taking the time! I really appreciate it! :)