After my saddle fitting I hopped on eBay, very excited to list all three of my saddles. So far it looks promising for my Collegiate Lynn Palm (I hope), hit or miss for my Circle Y, and perhaps a crash and burn is what the future holds for my Circle P synthetic saddle. So far it has had 2 views, and they're both from me. LOL
I actually LOVE the saddle. It is really comfortable and I can ride in that thing all day without any pain in my tookis and minimal pain in my ankles/knees from the stirrups. It's synthetic, so Lilly can stomp and paw in the muddy stream to her heart's content and I could care less! I'm still not thrilled with the length of the skirt, but it isn't rubbing on her hips so it's more of an issue for me than for her.
The saddle fitter, while a self-proclaimed novice western saddle fitter, said she thinks the saddle actually fits Lilly well. She likes how it sits on her withers and shoulders, doesn't think it's too large for her, and doesn't see any reason why I couldn't continue to use that saddle if I so desire. It's got full QH bars, so it's the only saddle I have with a "wide" tree (minus the new Pessoa), but it's actually the saddle that causes me the most grief.
None of this saddle stuff makes any sense. It depends completely on the saddle so it's hard to make any kind of statements or judgments on anything!
The only thing she said that might be a problem is how close it sits to Lilly's spine in spots. She thinks that maybe on the trails it's moving around a bit causing Lilly to get super cautious because she's used to having issues with saddle fit until she just decides she's not happy anymore. I don't know if that's the case, though, because her "get this saddle off my back" dance is the same for all the saddles, so I suspect it's still an issue with her withers/shoulders and not her back.
In either case, the fitter suggested I try a new pad before splurging on a new saddle. She recommended the following:
* a contoured pad so there's less pressure on her withers/shoulders (something I should look for in all my pads for Lilly)
* extra padding across the back to lift the saddle up off her back
* nothing extra around her withers/shoulders to limit the space
* made of something super soft to help cushion
* not gel (since it's so friggin hot here)
I gotta tell ya, that's a tall order!
And there are some UGLY pads out there... good lord!
|They actually used the word "fashionable" in the description!|
Which brings me to my next point... the cost of a pad like the one I need to make my Circle P fit will run me $150 - $200, assuming I can find the pad I described, which I haven't found yet. I have the saddle listed on eBay for $175. I'm just not sure that makes good sense, especially since I'm not even sure the saddle pad will fix my issue.
I don't need more tack I can't use and can't seem to get rid of.
You should see my garage... it looks like I'm running a tack shop in there! I have 5 saddles stacked on one saddle stand, saddle pads laying on top of that, leathers and irons on the floor, shims, a helmet, western reins, an english bridle, and a Wintec girth, all in limbo. The Equestrian Exchange isn't until September and I'm not sure I can keep these things around that long...
What do you guys do with tack you can't sell? Hold on to it? Pitch it in the garbage? Take it to a rescue?
It would be nice to have TWO saddles, each with their own accessories, each being show quality, that fit me AND my horse. I'm tired of having a little bit of everything. I only ride one horse for crying out loud. You'd think I'd have her needs figured out by now. :)