It was interesting to observe her reaction to the saddle, though. All I did was place the saddle gently on her back and she started to get extremely fidgety. She was moving around and even started shaking her head up and down. It seemed like she was anticipating some type of discomfort from the saddle...
|Plenty of clearance for her spine.|
|A bit more snug...|
After taking my saddle apart to exchange the gullet, I took notice of where the ends of the tree are actually located. I've circled them in red on the photos below, and you can see how far forward the flap of the saddle is compared to the location of the tree ends.
|Under the flap...|
|From the outside of the saddle...|
|The ends of the tree...|
|The distance from her shoulder to the tree ends...|
So if the saddle fits, why the heck does my horse seem to hate it? I'm starting to think that it isn't necessarily the saddle itself that is causing discomfort, but rather that the saddle is aggravating something else that I've been overlooking. She seems to be a lot more comfortable since Alex did the muscle adjustments on her, so perhaps she has been having back pain?
I do think the saddles I had before didn't fit her nearly as well as this one does, so regardless, I needed a new saddle. Perhaps she has was overcompensating with her back to relieve the pressure on her shoulders, thus leading to some back issues? I've had this new saddle for over 3 months now, so why this is just showing up I don't know. Maybe it has something to do with being on stall rest for so long? Maybe it has nothing to do with me, my saddles, or the stall... I'm not sure if you've noticed, but my horse bucks like a professional saddle bronc and LOVES to run like a lunatic in her pasture. Perhaps she tweaked something new, or aggravated something old?
I think I can feel good about eliminating the saddle as the actual cause of the discomfort, though. I don't see any areas on that saddle that should cause the kind of pain she displays...
|Did you figure it out yet, mom?|