Thanks again, everyone, for your input. I am certainly not running out of ideas, and most of your recommendations have been on my radar at one point or another. The trick is finding the magic combination of features in a timely manner with a knowledgable fitter. It does not help that my little diva statically looks like most appropriately wide and shaped saddles fit perfectly, and she does not show her displeasure for a few rides after the fitter has gone home. UGH.
Happygirl, I have not really checked out Patrick saddles, however I see they build Masters saddles for David Boot and Lucy Batchelor in LI. There IS a Masters in our barn, which we chucked on my mare for giggles one day to see how it looked. I have yet to run into the owner to ask if we could try riding my girl in it, since it looked pretty good just standing in the cross ties. Sadly, this means almost nothing with my horse.
Pembroke, the Equipe saddles IMHO are very interesting, however the ones I sat in made my back hurt just on the buck. I do have access to Jill at Malvern Saddlery, who can come out to look at my mare, but since it was painful for me, is kinda toward the bottom of the list.
Maude, the Prestige DI zero was high on my list, but my trainer has said ‘anything but a Wintec or a Prestige’. IMHO, it would be a great solution, and we shall see if he has to suck it up. I have spoken to David Stackhouse, but the idea of ordering a saddle I have no idea what it would feel like scares the snot out of me. I LOVE Roosli, and sincerely regret selling the old style one I had back in the late 90’s. I was a broke working student at the time, and the only horse it didn’t work on was (of course) the one I owned. I also love Jaguars, and have been watching for one in approximately the right configuration. The DE Keiffer is the wrong tree size for her, but I will keep an eye out for one used. OMG, the Hermes is even more than the Schleese! The good news is, Rick’s has a used one in 18" W. I guess I am adding a trip to west Chester to todays errands lol.
StaceyK, I am glad to hear the good recommendation of Tara M. and will get in touch with her next week. The Sommers she has look interesting for sure.
I am glad to know I am not the only one with these issues, and had previously mined the archives for nuggets of wisdom. I truly appreciate the fresh ideas to add to the older ones I am already exploring.