If the saddle doesn’t fit…
It just simply doesn’t fit, and fiddling with pads and girths is not going to help. I had a great saddle, short backed enough for this mare, bit too narrow perhaps, and with a very tiny seat for me. .
Valiosa made it clear that this was NOT a long-term saddle for her. She’d have something to say about it at the start of every lunge session.
It moved in the cantle area, and, being a sensitive tulip, that was not for her. She’d settle in and work well on the lunge, but some girthiness signs in the barn made it clear it was time to buy something else, soon.
(But hey, look how cute and filled out she is already. Mrs. Plump.)
Not complaining too much about that – it was never a perfect saddle for me either. The knee all the way up on top of the knee roll is a sort of dead give away of that on Cooper below! It just felt a bit cramped.
I have both the horses in a Lemke saddle now and so far so good. It’s very comfortable, although the flaps feel long for me. No pictures at all of any “new saddle riding” and it will be a long time until I get any, but I definitely recommend the Lemke saddles, especially if you like a deep seat.
And, most of The Rodeo is over with on the lunge line. Also, yesterday was her first canter under saddle with just me. Great little mare! Went awesome, thanks to being in the fenced in arena at Loomis Basin, courtesy of Nancy’s trailer again!
On another note, see that bay colt grazing in the background below? He’ll be bigger than Cooper soon…
Come back on Monday for a little update about him! I’ve had some readers asking about the colts so it’s time to let them have their own post!