Your horse is really cute! and so tolerant.
It is really hard to say, but the reason I am even having this question is because when I look at the saddle from the side, the front of it seems a bit higher than it should be. You see, in a dressage saddle, the top of the cantle (rear) should be about an inch or so HIGHER than the top of the pommel. And, when you look at the lowest part of the saddle, I mean the kind of "flat" part of the the curve of the seat, this is where you seatbones should rest as per the design of the saddle. Positioned as it is, it looks like your seat bones will come to rest just behind that flat spot . If you were to roll a pencil down from the pommel to the "valley" of the seat, where it comes to rest is the bottom as per gravity. That gravity bottom should be in line with that flat spot that is designed for your seatbones. if the gravity bottom is farther back than where it should be, that indicates that the saddle front is tipped up. You will end up feeling that the saddle puts you in a chair seat. (this might not be the case since it is really small, what I am seeing). \\
Why a chair seat? Because if the front is too high you must compensate by leaning your upper body forward, and to keep balanced, if you put your upper body forward, you end up putting your lower leg forward too, especially when trying to find your balance posting.
I hope that I am wrong because it looks like a neat saddle.
As soon as you get a girth and leathers and stirrups, you can put it on with a folded up Navajo blanket. Just as long as the fold or edge of the blanket isn't right under the back panels of the saddle (your horse would feel the bump of the blanket edge pressing into his back) NO need for a special pad at first.
Englihs saddles have the padding built into them, so they don't need as much padding as Western saddles , that have nothing more than a thin layer of fleece under the tree.
Last edited by tinyliny; 01-27-2011 at 10:59 PM.