I remember within the first few months of blogging I was shocked by everyone posting about how crazy saddle shopping and saddle fit was. I also remember thinking ya’ll were crazy people. I sat in exactly one saddle most of my time riding and guess how many I looked at while shopping? Yup-just the one. It went on ponies, TB mares, fatty warmbloods, and whatever else I threw a leg over that day. Needless to say I never understood what everyone was talking about!
Now I’m curious and nosy about others’ experiences. Did I just miss something down the line? Or perhaps the hunter/jumper world is less concerned about our saddle fit being as exact as other disciplines?
Or maybe my saddle is magical and it will live forever, and I will never have any problems with future rides? Because that’d be stellar.
But really-anyone out there riding along with the same saddle forever?
Dee is the first horse where the fit has been iffy. She was round as an exercise ball when I started riding her. (It got old fast, slowly sliding off one side or the other during my rides) I imagine now that’s she is more fit I wouldn’t have as much of a problem with it. For the time being it’s easier to pop her real momma’s Bates on her and head off.