Ok, thanks for the comments! And thanks for being kind! I'm looking for something like a gel cover that will maybe make the back a little wider and help me sit a little deeper. It's an 18" which should be plenty big for me--it's just a little narrow in the back. But I didn't feel like it was actually too small for me.Yea, that's definitely not a dressage saddle. And some may say that it looks a tad small for you, but you seem really secure in this saddle, you look really good. I'd stick with this saddle.
Ok, that makes sense. I am going to try to get used to this saddle and the seat position. I know it will make me a better rider. And the saddle did come with an "oh no!" handle, so that might help when Strider LEAPS into his canter. I have another lesson coming up the third week of April. It's gotten moved twice. That instructor is really an English and jumping instructor so I might get some more benefit from this lesson than I got from the last one--in the Western tack.a gel cover is going to make the seat smaller and not larger - Once you are more comfortable in the saddle you will sit deeper in it. I have found that the all purpose saddles seem small compared to the dressage saddles. My daughter rides exclusively english and moved from her AP saddles to a nice Collegiate dressage saddle and she said the difference is night and day. As your riding progresses your tack will upgrade as well - we all started somewhere!
I'll check with the owner. I wasn't holding her head up while she was coughing, she wasn't coughing constantly, just consistently throughout the ride--every 10 minutes or so. I am hoping it's not heaves. When I first started riding her, the owner said she always makes one or two coughs in the arena when you start trotting, and then she's done. And she has done that most of the time. I thought it was just from dust. Dang, now I'm gonna be worried. I'll see how she is next time. The owner will be home next time, so I can go get her if Missy is still doing it.Missy should not cough like that - ever. Even when you first get on to ride. I know she is not your horse and is older if I remember. She may have seasonal allergies or even the start of heaves. Do not try to hold her head up or impede her coughing in any way. She is not doing it to get out of work she is doing it because she feels out of breath.
Thanks! Yea, it's all a bit of a hassle. We'll drive an hour to get there and I'll get her all tacked up and then if she's coughing I have to be done and go home. Ugh. I can try to ask the owner ahead of time, but she's not always real communicative long distance. And I don't know if anyone else is riding Missy to know if she's coughing.Oh no about the Strangles. Hope everyone will be OK. I hope Missy's cough goes away too. If it continues I wouldn't ride until she's better. It could just be from the dust, but just keep a watch on it is all & let the owner know (which you are doing anyway). You guys look good though!