11-15-2013, 08:03 PM
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Well, Obie was most definitely sore in the back when he was massaged today. Mostly in the ribs and shoulders. You could see the "aaaaahh" relaxing moment when the kinks got worked out. At the end of the massage, he wasn't flinching at all.
I had the massage guy look at my saddle fit and he thinks it's pinching/not allowing enough room for the shoulders. Obie has a really big shoulder! I totally forgot to get saddle pics to post, though.
My trainer really doesn't want me to ride him in an English yet (and I agree... I'm nervous enough as it is!) and when I DO buy an English saddle, I want to do it right and get a fitter out. On the other hand, I don't want to spend the money on a custom saddle for a horse I have up for sale. My plan is to look for a Western saddle that fits him better. I'm considering trying a gaited saddle since those tend to have more room for the shoulder.