One of my “30 before I’m 30” items is getting a new saddle, but it wasn’t just because I like pretty new tack. The fit on Simon’s saddle has gone from not ideal to pretty much abysmal.
With his bulking up over the summer, the tree width is officially too narrow for his shoulders. That’s causing the back to rock and move even more than previously. We went from occasional rocking, to having his hair under the back panels being rubbed off.
So basically, I’m a horse abuser.
With that in mind, I headed to Chronicle with recent conformation pictures and said help! I knew Simon needed a saddle with both wither clearance and a straight tree to match his straight back. Got lots of ideas, and then someone contacted me from Farmhouse with a suggestion and lots of virtual saddle fitting knowledge.
So I took some more saddle fitting pictures of Simon, and she found a new saddle within my budget that she thought would fit our needs. Keyword new saddle. I didn’t even consider a new saddle within my budget, and the concept of choosing my exact seat size and flap made me a little giddy. I took early Jan to send a lot of extra money towards my credit card to be able to afford new saddle, and yesterday I officially ordered a Prestige Roma Jump!
I figured one, two weeks tops to get it… and as my friendly helper at Farmhouse gleefully told me that she was just putting in an order so I wouldn’t have to wait two to three months… I realized my expectations were unrealistic. End of February, maybe sooner. Oh noes!
Luckily blogger friend Jen is to the rescue and has a hopefully better fitting than mine saddle I can borrow until mine comes in. That’s a huge relief, because I don’t think I can handle another month of rubbing hair off my horse!
Now the waiting game for my new Italian treasure to come to me. Come here faster my precious saddle!