A wonderful gift to both of us is that we finally have a saddle that fits! It isn't exactly what I had in mind but I'm happy. After our follow-up appointment with the saddle fitter on April 28 we were kind of left in limbo. The re-flock of the cloud saddle was not a success. It was overflocked and the saddle fitter couldn't seem to get the fit right. After much tinkering she recommended I get something custom for him.
A custom saddle is not an option. Particularly after a year of questionable soundness.... and uncertain future plans. There is also no way that I could afford it right now. I felt really stuck and frustrated.
In 2013 (pre-blogging) I borrowed a saddle for about 6 months. It was a barefoot treeless saddle. I kind of thought it was ugly and found riding in it to be so-so. But Apollo LOVED it. The owner of the saddle didn't have a horse to ride anymore so she let me use it. My DK saddle was for sale and I told her that when it sold I would be interested to purchase it.
Well my DK never sold and after 6 months I felt guilty so I gave it back to her. I mostly rode bareback but I rode in it about once a week while I had it. For some reason it popped into my mind and I decided to e-mail the saddle's owner. She still had it and I decided to purchase it. It offends my eyes but my horse is happy! At least we have something to get him into shape.
It looks like of like this. Feast your eyes...or cover your eyes. Whatever!