I love my barn, but they lack good tack. They have 3 old jumping saddles, and then some western ones no one uses, a small saddle for the tiny pony, and a old dressage saddle.
There is one jumping saddle that is always used because it's the most comfortable and best fitting on all the horses. Now whenever I have a private lesson I take it, but when I ride with another student I usually end up taking another old saddle that I don't really quite like. It isn't balanced properly on Lollipop's back and my legs automatically go into a chair position and it's really hard for me to keep my leg more back. So basically, I am thinking of getting my own saddle in a year or two. Nothing super pricey, maybe a second hand one or something.
The dilemma is... I ride most often a dutch warmblood gelding (X factor) and a small arabian mare (lollipop). X factor has average/small withers, and Lollipop's are practically non existent.
Basically, how do I find out what saddle would fit both rather well. I understand it won't be perfect, but really something just better fitting than what I have now would do me fine.
I was thinking maybe the saddle could fit one horse a little better and the other could have an extra half pad or something to make up for it... but I don't know much in saddle fitting, and the people in my barn (including my trainer) don't seem to know much about it as well.
My trainer seems to think almost any saddle fits fine, when I can feel that some are quite wrong and I feel it affects my riding. So I tell her that and she then thinks that because I am a little unconfident (which I am), I'm blaming it on the saddle, and she then tells me soothingly to just have confidence in my riding ability. Well I agree with her, but the saddle isn't helping and is part of the problem. When I know something is wrong, it bugs me and I can't get over it.
I would most probably look at saddles in a store and study them there so I know what to look for if I find something online, but I would like it if someone could give me advice or some sort of help. Any help or knowledge would be appreciated.
Thanks a lot.