My post rate on here is getting out of control, but I just wanted to shout this excitement to the world since my significant other will not understand.
I’ll simply start with: if you haven’t had someone come to you to try multiple saddles with your horse, you should do it soon!!
So today I had a Prestige rep out to pick a saddle to demo. In the past, I’ve ordered used saddles online and done the trial thing, so on and so forth. Of course, I made hasty decisions because I didn’t want to lose too much money on shipping or restock fees.
Welp. Today I learned that I ride better in a twist that isn’t incredibly narrow. In fact, the bigger twist gave me more support to keep my thigh in better contact with my horse, improving my balance and quieting my leg. I’ve been riding in a narrow twist Butet with a P seat for the past few years. I would have never known unless I hadn’t been able to sit in so many different saddles one right after the other on my horse. It felt weird at first, but after some time, I realized that the saddle was working with me rather than against me.
I’m excited to take the next steps for fitting to my horse after I give the saddle a week. It’s a Renaissance saddle - so I can hypothetically buy the demo and have it adjusted to fit him now and later when his back inevitably changes.
My only hang up: what color to choose. My horse is chestnut, and the demo saddle is reddish brown (almost the same color as him). It darkens well with oil, but it’s no dark havana. If I go dark, I have to go custom/can’t maybe save a few dollars by purchasing the demo. Would dark havana be worth the extra thousand? The reddish brown is leather that has been processed less, so it may wear better over time. That’s the first world problem that will plague me for the next week or so.