Well, today we had the saddle fitter out. She was very nice and knowledgeable, but as I expected she didn't have a lot of great news for me- at least not news that I wanted to hear. None of the 4 used saddles I had her look at fit Louie well. Some worse than others for one reason or another. So, she brought out about 6 saddles that she carries that she had thought might work based on our conversations thus far. Of those 6 saddles, 3 of them were workable for Louie. Of those 3, one was a very deep seated all purpose saddle that I just wasn't going to like. Of the two remaining close contact options, after sitting in both of them it became clear that one of them was a far superior option, not only in fit, but quality, softness, and comfort- of course that correlated with the most expensive option- way more than what I wanted to spend. . .
Well, I have that saddle out on trial for a week. It's a Smith Worthington Stellar Altair Close Contact. It is a beautiful saddle- it's like absolute butter to sit in, soft and luxurious, and it seems to fit me well, but I'm not sure I can get over my mental price block. . . We shall see. It's a good thing I've got a week to decide.
Hello and welcome to my blog! Meet my horse Ro & Me's Master of Illusion or "Louie" as we call him. He is an 8-year-old American Saddlebred gelding sired by Trust Fund and out of Everything in Return by Royal Return. Louie was an exciting new addition to the family in October of 2008 and shows tons of potential both in the show ring and out. His friendly personality, curiosity and remarkable intelligence are characteristic of his breed. This blog will follow Louie through his daily life and training as he learns what it means to be a Saddlebred pleasure horse.