Saddle shopping + crabby, not forward pony + chicken rider = Whining. Lots and lots of whining.
Is it the saddle? Is it me? Is she just crabby?
Rode today in the Kent and Master's with double shoulder shims. Crabby pony. Got off and switched to trainers Klimke Miller with no extra padding. Crabby pony. Got off and schooled the pony to what a cluck and a tap means. Got back on. Rode through the crabbiness and had a decent ride.
Sunday I will ride in the Kent and Master's with no extra padding. Though it may not fit ME properly, I need to know if this way produces a less crabby pony under saddle.
Also, you'd think after THIS many years and with so many wealthy people in this sport, that someone would have developed an easier way to saddle fit. Even with custom saddles, I hear horror stories about getting them to fit. I'm ready for this to be done with and we've just gotten started.