Toulouse Annice

It didn't take me long to decide I wanted to keep the Toulouse at my lesson on Thursday.  After my trainer gave it the green light as far as pony fit, I rode in it harder than I had on Tuesday, and found that not only did it keep my leg stable, it also made it easy for me to bring my hips underneath me - something I struggle hard with.  I've never had a saddle do that for me before.  I felt encouraged by the saddle to be in a really stable position, and fell in love.  We discussed the fact that it's not pretty, and my trainer said, "True, but it fits you both well.  Function over fashion."  I love you, sport of eventing!

I dub thee "The Unattractive Saddle"

9 comments:

  1. My saddle is a old black wintec, my bridle and breast plate are brown, they are all working for me and pony, doesn't matter if you match in eventing. If we where doing hunters or dressage we would be looked down on. I think it isna perfect fit for him, and works for you so it's all ok

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  2. Pretty is as pretty does, if it works it works and keep it!

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  3. Looks better with a saddle pad between it and Connor :) I am all for function over looks, hence my tackroom full of Wintecs.

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  4. Maybe it will grow on you. There's a lot to be said for it helping your position. ;)

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  5. I have one word. Oil. However I do recommend testing a spot on the underside first so if it doesn't make it better it isn't visible.

    Congrats on the new saddle! :)

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  6. Try Hydrophane Darkening Oil

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  7. If it works, then that's the saddle for you!

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