I'm just about to head out on vacation, but quick note: I rode Saga at a walk this morning, part of the time bareback. His back was still sore, and he didn't want to stretch much, especially his hind end. I remember now why you don't ride a high-withered horse bareback! But we had a nice bonding time, so it was good since I'll be horseless for 10 days. He'll be getting the next 10 days off, and hopefully his back will be better when I return.
I've also put an offer in on a County Eventer. Let's hope that works out and I have a new saddle that FITS HIM when I get back!