I had my appointment with the custom saddler last night for Henry. She could see why we’d had trouble finding something for his long wither and my long body.
She suggested the Equipe Grand Prix for us (it has the longest pommel) and said we were very lucky that I fit well into a 17.5 because there wouldn’t be a ton of room if I needed an 18 because of his short-ish back. She thought the standard flap wasn’t horrible on me, but definitely agreed that I needed a long flap.
I had a quick ride in it. Being back in a saddle again was weird. But I really liked this one. I didn’t hear angels singing or have earth-shattering moments of “OH MY GOD IT’S SO WONDERFUL” but mostly I felt secure but didn’t really notice it was there… which I liked. I could focus on trying to steer Henry, the baby noodle horse, who randomly forgot how to steer/horse for part of this ride. He seemed to move nicely in it, didn’t get quite as giraffey at his trot transitions as he did in the amerigo.
Bareback hobo no more?
I like the style and look of the saddle as well. Sort of had an understated classy vibe. The saddle's turnaround time is currently 5 weeks (although they do have a reputation for being very slow). The estimated arrival time would likely be towards the end of October.
I was feeling pretty keen to order one but decided to sleep on it.
Driving home from the barn I started to freak out a bit. My freak out was about two main factors. You can tell me if I’m being a nut or not about this….
- Money. Omg that is so much money. My husband agreed to let me use some of the money from my car accident to get a saddle (and when the Amerigo sells those funds will go back towards a car). But the amount I’m taking out of the car fund is only the down payment for a custom saddle. Which leaves me two months to come up with the remaining balance. I thought it would take a lot longer for the saddle to arrive (and it still might) so I figured I would have three to four months to scrape that much cash together. Which is apparently not the case.
It’s just a lot of money. I haven’t even got a haircut in over a year, my roots are so long my hair is ombre. I’m not a very spendy person and a purchase like this gives me huge anxiety. Recent vet bills have made me extra nervous about spending.
- Is the saddle the solution? So a big part of the reason for a custom saddle is that I believe that H’s Amerigo caused him to buck. Other sources (saddle fitters, bodyworker and my coach ST) have supported this idea but it’s impossible to know for sure. It would be nice to know that he has something that fits him perfectly.I am trying to attack this problem from all sides (working on my own fitness/riding skills and also have quit my part-time job for more saddle time). But what I get him a perfect custom saddle and he launches me again? How devastating would that be? And then what?
I really wanted to have fun trying out new fancy saddles but the part of me that’s trying to be a grown-up just isn’t having it. I don’t think my previous custom saddle nightmare (the DK) helped matters either.
My current plan is to see how much money I can save up on my own before I fully commit to a custom saddle. I will see how things are going in October and go from there.
I am planning to get that treeless saddle soon (still waiting for my refund on the ADT saddle) and that might be an OK interim solution for Henry as we build his fitness back up again.
Hey anyone want to buy one of my kidneys? :P