I feel the saddle fits well. But, I'll need a shorter girth (this one is just snug enough at the shortest billet hole!), and a better saddle pad. This one scares me - it seems to like to bunch up. It didn't do it yet, but I can see the potential and I don't like it.
Friday I rode for probably only 15 minutes, but just back and forth on the driveway (too much crunch ice and snow everywhere else). We walk for about 5 minutes, then trot for about 100-150 ft on the flat, then walk for about the same distance or longer, then trot a little again and so on - whatever feels right. Then I make sure to walk again the last 5 minutes, so Friday wasn't much of a workout.
This morning Arabee and I took a short walk down the road just halter and lead rope to "scout" how well the ice had melted (it hadn't....) But, this afternoon I saddled up anyway around 2:30 and had to force myself to keep going for 30 minutes. Going back and forth, back and forth gets pretty boring......by tomorrow though if it isn't raining I'll be able to ride out more places, but I may try leaving the boots off since the ground will be soft too. I really need to avoid getting her sore!