Guys, I don’t like my saddle.
Though it fits Simon relatively well, I’ve never taken to my Prestige Roma Jump saddle. On the aesthetic side, I am not a huge fan of the leather. Even after having it for a year and a half, the leather still is just okay at best. Granted, I’m not the world’s best cleaner/oiler but this thing remains slick and stiff. It doesn’t like to soak conditioner in despite my best efforts and it scratches super easily.
Riding wise, it puts me in the worst chair seat. At first I thought it was my shoddy equitation, but when my friend rode it in earlier this summer she remarked that the balance is really far back. When I’m trotting and trying to dressagz, I’m constantly struggling against where the saddle naturally wants to put me. While I love my leg position over fences with this, on the flat it’s downright frustrating.
Does anyone else ever feel the same way with flatting vs jumping in their saddle? I’m a hunter/jumper rider… it’s not like I’m going to want to swap tack every time I pop over fences.
When shit hit the fan earlier this summer, I started arbitrarily picking things to look forward to in the future that might make me happy. Some of them (like my amazing warmblood hunter weanling) aren’t so realistic, but a saddle has stayed at the top of the list.
My house is currently under contract, and when discussing financial things with my Dad he said, “Well if it sells for over X amount you should buy a new saddle or something!”
I immediately thought, “You have no idea how much saddles cost… but I’m glad to have your verbal approval because I was already planning on buying one.” So now my hunt begins.
I’ve never been able to look for a saddle without a time crunch or budget crisis, so the prospect of all the options is a bit exciting. My goal is to get a rep to help me find something used in good condition, but honestly the most important thing is fitting my creature (a hard fit) while also fitting myself (a hard fit). Starting with CWD next week, but I’m curious about all your thoughts when it comes to looking for the perfect saddle. What brands did you enjoy working with? Who has the most bang for their buck? Who’s going to load me up with extra freebies so I feel justified for the obscene amount of money I just laid down?
This is saddle shopping people. This is serious!