Eve has been doing AMAZING lately. I figured out my western saddle really doesn't fit her still growing back so I've been riding bareback for a bit here...but a couple days ago I tried my english saddle on her and I swear it fits like a glove. Allows for free shoulder movement, doesn't move when I mount, and most importantly she's comfortable with it on.
These pics are from 2 days ago, first time trying this saddle and she did awesome!
Too young? I'm 23 and more than capable of desiding if I need a helmet or not. In new situations I wear one, I wore mine for the initial 6 months of riding I put on her but in the round pen walking and trotting, I think I'm ok. I did have gloves that day, they were just too bulky and messing with my dexterity. I don't know why I skipped the hat though - my ears were freezing!
I hear what you're saying and yes I could be wearing a helmet, when I take her into the paddock this week I will be...but she's got round pen work pretty much down and I'm old enough to deside when to wear one. Thanks to my hoarding mother, I have to FIND my helmet tomorrow before I tack up...thanks for the input though.