Dante is a saint for putting up with me so well and this drawn out saddle fitting process.
The Jim Sands seemed
to ride really nice. Dante walked in circles, trot circles, cantered circles (
which is kinda new for him... he mainly just cantered in straight lines... so like I said he's still pretty green), he didnt seem to short stride and he really stretched himself out while cantering. However, its hard to be a good judge of his movements and if they are improved because he is still green and hasnt been ridden in months so he's not perfect to start with. I will say this though, in the jim sands he was extremely relaxed with a willing attitude. The only issue possibly was the tiny little buck he did while doing the circle the first time, but was that saddle fit or him being a young green horse that was being a young horse? And after that he never offered to buck or pinned his ears. Overall Dante seemed
to be a very happy horse, from my point of view. (of course I was finally riding my dream horse again and he was being such a good boy and the saddle was very comfy... my eyes were a little starry
However today after putting it on him and looking at it through less rose tinted glasses and also having my boss out just as another set of diserning eyes he too thought that it looked too narrow up top.
The last time I rode him, before I got these saddles and before I really knew anything about saddle fit, I took him on an 45 min trail ride. He was hot, pulling on the bit, high strung, groaned a lot, and on the home stretch he gave a huge flying leap into the air completely out of the blue while at a walk... after that I knew the saddle didnt fit because A. It was his first time riding in that particular saddle and his attitude screamed miserable... B. Never had he bucked like that before, not without warning or reason. Even then his bucks were not all that often. Just when running and overly excited.
As for the Circle Y I have not ridden in it yet as I didnt have time today. However I may get a ride in tomorrow on it. Sitting in the saddle off the horse it feels good. I originally been thinking that I would need a 16 inch seat but the circle y and Jim Sands are both 15-15 1/2 inch seats and I felt way more secure in it (jim sands) than in the 16 inch fake.