You guys are probably going to think I'm really stupid and non horsey once you read the following paragraphs. Just a warning...
I got curious about the saddle fit, since I know
the saddle I'm currently riding in is too big for him (it has FQHB and he needs SQHB.) I kind of assumed too big is better than too small, but after watching this
very informative video...
...I realized that too big is actually not better than too small!!
I've always just been using a thicker/better to try and make the saddle more comfortable, but I guess that's not the way it works!
SO I went out, and set the saddle on his back to do a fitting check...
There's SO much space towards the back of the saddle (like anybody could slip their hand under that part), and then when you get up towards his withers, it's really pinchy, like I can barely get my hand under it.
It seems the saddle tips forward onto his withers and pinches them, because the saddle is too big.. I just can't believeeee I didn't think of this all along!
I think that's the root of the problem. Or at least a starting point to cure him of his bucking during barrels.
I can't believe I'm so stupid!
I hurt my own horse for that long.
I guess I'm riding English until I find the right saddle.