ill fitting saddle- what can I do before my new saddle comes?
Long story short- over the past year and a half or so I've been having some lameness/soreness issues with one of my TB's. I've been bringing her back slowly from having a couple years off while I was in college. I've had her SI injected and gave Tildren a try and was very happy with the results (all within the last 6 months).
Recently, I entertained the idea that my saddle fit might have had something to do with our issues so the other day I had a saddle fitter come out. It turns out the saddle is an absolute AWFUL fit for my horse. I'm talking about muscle atrophy awful. I've sat in some other brands of saddles and found one that fits her very well. I'm buying new and having it made to fit her so hopefully we will not have saddle issues moving forward. Problem (or maybe not a "problem") is that it is going to take 10 weeks to get to me. She is currently not lame, but has no top line, and I feel like such a bad mom that I refuse to put the saddle back on her. There are other saddles in the barn that I could try but to be honest, I don't want to keep throwing different saddles on if there are more productive things I could be doing with her.
Now for the actual question. Does anyone have any recommendations for some TLC after a bad saddle fit experience. I've got 10 weeks before the new one gets here, so I thought it would be nice to maybe do some acupuncture, massage, etc. Anyone also have any recommendations for exercise in the mean time. She definitely is not lame and can work- but I almost want to give her a little break with regards to me getting on her, until I have a saddle that fits properly. I also have a back on track back pad that I would like to start introducing and will hopefully make her feel good. I should note she does not lunge very well, but maybe this the time to learn the proper mechanics of lunging? Any way to do this and teach her to use herself and develop her top line at the same time? Thanks in advance for any advice or thoughts!