Grrrr... Diddly is so difficult!
OK, so I'm still looking for a new saddle for diddly. But a large problem... He can't fit any more than a 16.5". So, barely any saddles are a 16.5"... I am finding it so so difficult to find one, and we are going to eventually call out the saddle fitters... If we don't find a saddle on our own first, with the help of a friend. My wintec cc saddle is a 17", and it is miles too long on him. But now I'm going with a dressage saddle, I don't know if 17" will mean something else there... If you know what I mean. So many of the saddles I absolutely adore, are 17", and its absolutely infuriating. I'm wondering if the 17" is too long for diddly, is a close contact saddle thing, as you evidently need a flatter, longer seat for jumping, than for dressage which would have a more compact saddle. Or is 17" in one make or model going to be exactly the same as 17" in another? It's got me extremely puzzled as well actually, because he is 16.1hh, and his back is not short at all. Its a perfectly fine length, so really, he should have no problem what so ever with a 17", or a 17.5" saddle. I have a little 15.5" saddle, which I used for candy, and when its on him you would swear it was about 8" long, as it just looks so so tiny on him. We put a 16" on him at one stage as well... Same story. Yet in one inch, it goes from looking like a flea on his back, to being miles too long. I just don't understand it... I'm convinced its a combination of brand, and saddle type. I'm assuming naturally a sj or cc saddle would be more... Spacious.
Am I getting this all wrong, or am I talking ANY sort of sense?