Oh man. So, the saddle fitter came and went. And is coming and going tonight. And then I’m seeing her at the AEC’s. And well, and the end of this whole process we’re going to know each other pretty well I think.
Smitty is built unlike any horse I have ever owned before. He is the gawkiest, gangliest, narrowest thing, and I feel like a sack of potatoes trying to ride him. I’ve already lamented that my PS of Sweden Bridle didn’t fit him thanks to his tiny little nose, and it was obvious that my jumping saddle is every kind of wrong for him. I had hoped that perhaps my dressage saddle could be salvaged, but it turns out even that is too wide for him.
In an ideal world, the [Stubben] saddle that I would actually need is a custom saddle, using the narrowest tree plus a tree addition that would make it even more narrow. Because I’m in no rush to sell a kidney (though plasma and eggs are not out of question. What? Don’t judge), I’m opting not to go the custom route.
I’m currently in the process of hawking my wares online in hopes that I can then find myself a used saddle that with fit Smitty with the help of a shim pad. I’ll also be able to borrow a dressage saddle this week that could be a model to look for in the future.
I need some serious tack ho help, guys. Where do I go besides facebook to sell both my saddles, and where is the place to look for a super specific narrow Stubben that won’t break the bank?