Hey! It's me again. My husband rode today and then I hopped on. DH rode pretty hard, and Java got sweated up. Guess what? His $2,000 frickin' western saddle isn't fitting quite right. He's got two dry marks. Unless DH put it a bit too far forward, which very well could be the case. It's fit him spectacularly for the past six or so years, and other than him being a bit less muscled, he hasn't changed.
Anyways, back to the topic. Because I actually want to do dressage (NOT COMPETITIVELY) and my english saddle is too small for me (my fat butt gained 30 pounds after I had foot surgery. Ugh.) and doesn't really fit Java too well, I'm looking at buying a saddle.
A girl at my barn has one for sale. It's a pretty new Wintec with the CAIR gullet system and I've ridden in it before (although not on Java - on a little bitty pony haha!) Or I was looking at buying the same one in an all around. Hers is a dressage saddle. The reason I tested hers out was because I wanted to buy one, but now she's pregnant and has sold her horse and is selling all of her tack, too.
So, what do you all think? Yay/nay? The new one is selling for $400 so I figure she'll be selling hers for $300-$375 or so. I haven't called her yet.
I think for me to actually start asking him to move out a bit more to pursue dressage then I'll need a saddle to ride on. Bareback is fine and dandy, but I can't ride for quite as long because my legs get exhausted so quickly.
Woohoo. I can't wait. I'll have to sell my old english saddle to justify spending money on a new one. But it's cheaper than buying a new western saddle when Java will probably get as muscled again.
Man, I really write novels.