which was much better. However, if I position the saddle that far back from her shoulder, the saddle will most definitely be sitting in the middle of her back. I have been told recently that I'm overthinking this and I hope not but dammit, I wanna get it right - for my horse.
I plan to followup this post with a video of Chili tacked up. It might be a few days... We had some hellacious storms here last night and it's now COLD out again. Grrrrrr
Keep in mind that the video uses a Dressage saddle and you have an AP saddle with more forward flaps. You can find the right spot to put your saddle be locating the back edge of your horse's shoulder blade. Put the saddle up there, lift up the top flap, and locate the point of the tree.
You can kind of see the point of the tree in this photo. It's a "bump" just behind the white line, above the knee roll.
Anyhow, you want the front edge of the point of the tree to be 2-3" behind the back edge of your horse's shoulder blade. The flaps may be more forward than the dressage pictures/videos because Dressage saddles usually have straight flaps.
First of all, I wanted to say how thankful I am for all of your input. And remembering the type of saddle I have, even though I've never even offered a photo... is touching. Thanks.
So, the spot directly under the knee rolls is likely to hit her shoulder then? Because when I've saddled her, that's exactly what is happening and I'm STILL hitting her leg (with my foot) when we trot or canter. It feels like the saddle is just too far forward.
You're more then welcome. I love talking saddles .
That's going to be due to your position, not the saddle's position. A chair seat is common until you learn to keep your leg under you. I would highly recommend Sally Swift's Centered Riding books and/or videos.
Also, if the saddle is low in back, then that can promote a chair seat. Do you have any pictures of Chili saddled up standing on level ground? (without you in the saddle)
I have attached two pictures of one of my students riding a Quarter Pony. Emily normally has great hip/heal alignment, but her saddle tips backa bit on this guy, so she's fighting a chair seat. You can see in the proper aligned photo her back is straight and she is centered with her feet under her. In the other photo she is in a posting trot and has let her feet get out in front of her center, which caused her to lean forward in order to get out of the saddle for the post. If you keep yourself in a centered position, your shoulders stay aligned over your feet and your pelvis is able to post forward.