Oh, I am so excited that I have my new saddle. I had an Abeyta synthetic saddle that I bought several years ago, but the seat is probably 15 inches. And as Orie, my trainer told me one day... "you either need to get a bigger saddle or a smaller butt"... LOL... Like I really NEEDED to hear that????..... So, now... I have a bigger saddle ...its a very roomy 17 inches...so, I think I'll be comfy and since its lightweight, I don't think Comanche' will mind it too much. I am hoping I can get in some trailrides this coming summer. I do have access to the dirt trails along the canals in Corrales. They go from one end of Corrales to the other, which is about 7 or 8 miles, plus there are lots of dirt roads that make up the side roads that have homes on them... so there's a lot of places to ride, without being out in traffic. But, I am hoping that I can manage to get Comanche' down to some of the Socorro trailrides, if things work out. Edgewood is also close by, within 40 miles, and my friend, Debbie, lives out there. She has several horses and rides close to home out in some beautiful areas, without having to transport her horses. I think Lisa, from Laughing Orca Ranch, is not too far away, either. I'm going to start working Comanche' out in the round pen, so she'll be conditioned to carry me... and , while I'm at it... I'm going to try and find that smaller butt, that Orie suggested...... (either that, or find me some duck tape for someone's mouth....LOL).