Suggestions-Close contact saddle for short backed horse short rider? Back pain.
Hi. I'm looking for suggestions for a friend. She is short--five foot-sh and petite. She has back problems (having back surgery this week in fact) and is concerned about the "deep" seat saddles putting pressure on her back--she would prefer a shallow seat. She wants a very close contact saddle--I don't think there is such a thing as too close for her.
The horse is a British riding pony/Hannoverian cross. I call him a hony--14-3ish. You can see him and his back conformation below. He is not particularly thick barelled--pretty proportionate for his height. I worry about saddles being too long on him.
Anyway, these are some pretty particular criteria. She just tried a Kieffer Lusitano with a shallower seat and found it not close enough in contact. While price is always a consideration, for now don't worry about it--sky's the limit for purposes of this discussion.