I’m an older rider starting over after a twenty year break. My old saddle doesn’t fit me anymore (nor my jeans from twenty years ago either!) I’m riding at a great hunter barn and hope to start showing again soon. I do not want to own a horse again, but am definitely interested in a half-lease at some point.
Here is the rub: the saddles at the barn do not fit me. I need an 18" saddle. I make do but I don’t like having to fight against a saddle to get my correct position. The trainers at the barn are supportive of me getting my own saddle but I’ve been getting flack from some other people asking how I can get a saddle without it being fitted to one horse - like I’m going to hurt the lesson or lease horse through my selfishness.
I was under the impression that if you bought a good quality saddle with a medium wide tree that with pads, half pads etc., you could make it work on most horses I’d be riding. Am I being selfish to want a saddle that fits me and makes it more comfortable and secure (!) to ride?
Btw, I wouldn’t wish trying to find a good, used saddle at a reasonable price that fits you on anyone! It’s soul crushing at times.