I am new to western! I need to have my newly adopted horse fitted for a western saddle.
Here are some concerns:
1) He's hugely fat right now. I got him out of shape, he hasn't been ridden much in the past 3 years so I am going to have to get him moving as soon as I can. I am reluctant to get him fitted while he's so flabby...is this something I should worry about?
2) He's arabian (polish), but a BIG arab, at almost 15.3 (just a hair shy) and 1250ish lbs. Should I still be considering an arab tree?
3) What kind of saddle is going to be the most comfortable for trail riding? I don't plan on doing much more than kicking around the trails and some light outdoor arena work (bending, figure 8's, etc). He's 16 and because he was an adoption I don't have a lot of info on how he was treated/ridden, etc. However he is quite gentle/willing with me, if a little bit spooky. His spooks are just little jump/footplants...and at silly things, like the cat.
Thank you so much for any help/info in advance. Here is a pic of my chubby boy. I know he needs work.
So far I've switched him from a sweet feed, to safe choice, now to Buckeye's Safe N Easy (getting those NSCs lower!). We've only had him a month, and the weather has been pretty rough for work (we don't have an arena). He is also extremely herd bound to his pasture mate. Baby steps!
Here is a few pics for reference.