Hi! Welcome (and thanks in advance) to Leesa's preliminary saddle fitting! I figure this would be an easier way than attempting to describe this horse!
A little background: Leesa was purchased at a farm dispersal auction in 1999 for $600. She was 3 1/2 years old. Over 300 Arabians were sold in 2 days and she was a middle-of-the-road price. We were lucky she haltered and led when we got her. And, with having a baby and a husband in the military, her training was put on hold until this fall --- 3 years later!
She stands 15.1 and is very wide across the barrel and back. From the top of her withers to her hip area she is 19-20 inches long.
The saddle I am searching for: As you can see, I have put this Aussie saddle on her. She wore it once. It is definitely too long, and I readily admit that. What I am looking for is something that gives me the locked in security of this saddle, yet fits this horse. Why the locked in security? I'll be honest --- When we first attempted to start Leesa 2 years ago she nearly killed me. She is extremely spooky and flighty at this point. I became a bit afraid of her and it wasn't until a fearless 18-year-old came to work for me this fall that I began to feel comfortable with her again. Thus, the need for this type of saddle.
Quite frankly I am stumped!!
This is what I want: an Aussie-type saddle (no horn) that will lock me into this horse, one that is comfortable for extended distance riding, of course, it must fit but that's a given! And I do prefer English irons and leathers. For me, the western stirrups are too bulky and cumbersome.
Who can help me? I need to fit this mare soon. Please feel free to discuss here or email me. I'm single-parenting it while my husband is off doing his military thing, so it may take me a bit to get back to people since I'm wrangling a 2 year old, 5 horses and my business by myself. Thanks! Mary Golden