Sounds great, phoenix! (BTW, I did the same: I sent tracings and ordered 2 saddles to try from Trumbull still called the fitter out and looked at several other saddles) I hope you'll find what you need when the fitter comes!
I need a few opinions, I have 2 saddles to try from the fitter. The first is a bates, it fits the horse but I wasn't sure it felt right for me. The second is a zaldi dressage. Again fits the horse well and is fairly comfortable. I've never heard of zaldi, any opinions on the saddles?
I've got them both for the weekend to try out.
Poor phoenix has a knot of muscle right in the middle of his back and most of the saddles she tried ended up with too much pressure right under the seat.
Sorry if this is off topic, but would you mind telling me what type of saddle is your original saddle and why it's considered garbage? It looks like a wintec to me, but I don't really know much about the different brands of saddle and such.
Finally paid for my new saddle. It's a Zaldi new kent and i'm very happy with it! It's nice and comfy so I can ride on trail for more than a couple of hours without getting sore, and it fits my horse! I can feel a difference in him when he's on trail, going up hills now he pushes his back up more and isn't as stilted in his movements.
(Sorry for the rubbish quality photo the barn lighting is awful)