On Thursday night, we tried on saddles. So. Many. Saddles.
(Actually just four)
And there are pictures! Because my mom was in town starting Thursday night for our "All horse weekend" (more on that later).
|Eligible bachelor #4, trainer's Albion. Connor's like "Why yes, I can stand here instead of doing a lesson, thanks."|
PC: My momma!
This story actually starts two weeks ago, when I took an Ideal Jessica Pony on trial from Hastilow. I freaking loved it. It's the first Dressage saddle I've ever sat in that fit me, and I was in love. Alas, wrong tree shape for my homie (too flat). It fit so badly I only did one lap in it to judge how I felt in it:
So on Thursday, Liz brought out two Prestiges for me to try.
I was especially sad that this pretty brown thing didn't work. In fact, neither one of them worked. They sat fairly well on his back while standing, but once we got moving, they were clearly not a good fit. Lots of moving around and coming up off his back.
Next we tried my trainer's Albion. Same as the Prestige - looked okay standing, terrible when moving.
I was just about to go get my CWD when the girl riding her 17hh Trakehner was finishing up her ride, and offered to let me try her saddle. And what do you know....
It fit absolutely perfectly. Go figure.
|After starting the lesson with saddle fitting, he was pretty 'meh' the rest of the lesson.|
If you ever had any doubts that JenJ and I are actually twins (work in the same industry, both have opinionated Malamute mixes, both ride - uh - "Haflingers"), let me put them to rest: the first Dressage saddle to fit Connor is an Adam Ellis. Which JenJ rides in.
So, to recap, I have figured out that he actually has quite a curvy back for a native pony. Native pony saddles are too flat for him, and he's got more in common with a giant warmblood than with other Cobs.
Brands that don't work:
Brands that do work:
- Adam Ellis
Very nice Trakhener rider offered to let me show in it that weekend, but I declined given the 100% chance of rain on Saturday, and chose instead to show rated Dressage in the CWD. It's a horse show, not a tack show!