Dressage saddle suggestions for a shorter rider and high withered horse?
so... i'm not exactly in need of a new saddle but i'm also not certain that my current saddle is doing all that it can and should for my horse and me. However, I also don't know what styles/brands/models of saddles would work for us. I am 5'3" with what I would consider average length legs, ~145lbs and I ride a 17hh high withered TB with well sprung ribs. We are both currently out of shape so his topline is basically non-existant (which we're working on). I don't want to inhibit his back in any way and I plan to have a saddle fitter out to reassess my current saddle soon (it was fitted to my gelding a few years ago and I haven't ridden much in that time so I can't imagine the fit has fluctuated too much but one can never know). I know a professional in person can give a better idea of what will work but I thought I might get opinions from the myriad of riders here to have in the back of my head.
These are the most current pictures I have of Jager both with and without saddle (sorry - they weren't taken specifically for this purpose so they're not the best). I'm certainly willing to save up to buy a saddle that's going to work for both of us - preferably under $2k though. I'd love to hear what people would suggest. Thanks!! :)
ETA: might help if I tell you what I ride in currently! Haha sheesh. My current saddle for this horse is a Kieffer Aachen II 16.5" medium tree. I ride with a regular thickness dressage pad or back on track dressage pad and a thinline cotton trifecta half pad.
Last edited by crimsonsky; 09-25-2012 at 12:45 PM.
Reason: added current saddle info