Trying a New Saddle, or "Someone Sponsor Me"
I mentioned in the first Stephen Birchall clinic post that my saddle fit isn't perfect. I've known that since I bought the thing, but it's the best I've been able to find/afford. Now, I'm thinking both Pig and I may have outgrown it.
I've developed a theory that as you ascend the levels in dressage, you get pickier about your equipment. While this saddle was fine (great, even) at getting me through the woes of 1st-2nd-3rd level, I'm thinking I fight it too much to really make huge improvements improving at 3rd.
|Here's a picture of me sitting terribly to drive home my point.|
For Pig: The saddle is a touch too wide at the wither and a touch too narrow over his shoulders. (Now. It used to be waaay to wide everywhere. Horse has seriously bulked up.) He's started acting a little more resistant to saddling, and had a stint of possible saddle soreness two months ago (tightening up the girth seems to have helped the issue).
I could probably get the saddle reflocked to help it fit Pig better, but that will do nothing for me. Unfortunately, I'm also not allowed to buy a saddle until I land a full-time job. (Freelancing part time does not a saddle payment make...)
Of course, that didn't stop me from trying a barn friend's lovely Custom the other day...
|Oooh, I'm interested...|
Now. I know bridging can be bad, but I've also heard mild bridging isn't so bad. I would call this case mild. Pig didn't object to the saddle, but he rarely shows a huge difference where saddle fit is concerned.
|I have the saddle a smidgen too far forward here. (I seem to always do this when first using a new saddle. Ugh.)|
As for me? Hooooooooooooooooooooooooooo boy. I love it. The flaps are a smidge short for me, but not enough to hinder anything. The seat is perfection. I stick right in the right place and my hips SPRING open. It's glorious. That deep seat is 100% what I crave. In fact, the seat is so deep I hardly touch the thighblocks. They are useful when doing things like changes, but otherwise aren't more than gentle reinforcement of the seat.
Guys. I need this saddle.
Think I can qualify my saddle dreams as a 501c charitable donation? Huh? Huh??!
Yeah... me neither. Damn.