To add on to what BadassOverlord said about the wood melee charms, I'd go with Ride as well to get a conditional +1 defense on top of what you've already got. With 5 Dex, 5 Melee, an applicable specialty, a medium weapon, a mount, and finally a 1 dot stunt you can reach 9 parry before adding any charms at all. If you're mounted you also don't have to worry as much about mobility penalties.

Burning Branch is obviously a great choice for this defensive setup, but Spring Razor should work fine. You can always make custom evos later on to fine tune it to your liking.