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