We tried out 3 saddles 2 girths and 1 saddle pad today. The saddle pad is definitely a big score - it fits her, it looks good on her and it provides some extra cushion.
The other stuff, not so much. The hunt saddle fits her but the girth doesn't, one of the dressage saddles doesn't fit at all, one kind of fits except the billet straps are too long or the dressage girth is too short.
I lunged her today for the first time. I wouldn't call it an epic fail but I wouldn't exactly call it a success either.
She was really spunky and would only trot, canter or stop. But it was super cold out today so it might be related to that. We had some trouble with the footing. There is just so much stuff around there so you have to find just the right area to exercise. I underestimated how much lunge line she would take up so we got a little close to the tennis court and tree stump but she's a smart girl and just knew to avoid them.
She was cute though when she stopped. I told her whoa and she didn't stop right away but continued for another circle and then came to a dead stop and looked at me at which point I slowly walked up to her, petted her, moved the lunge clip to and lunged her going the other direction. She acted pretty much the same way on the other side, hurried trot, spunky canter, hurried trot, dead stop.
Lessons learned today: overestimate the amount of space you need, figure out a way to maintain control of her gait. She seems to know the word "canter" but not "walk" and I'm getting a very delayed response on "whoa". Her default gait is trot.