Or.... more like the difficulties of my poor husband being married to a horse-lover.
Well, I'm going to see Mana tomorrow, so I'll have more pictures and maybe video. I am going to have to get creative with my pads for trying it tomorrow until I get the shim material and a girth with the right size buckles.
I borrowed a dressage girth from the store for the trial. I though it would work, but the saddle has 1 1/2in billets while the girth has 1in buckles. I can squeeze them through for a test, but it definitely won't work for everyday use.
Of course I want a mohair cinch. I'm going to be sad that I won't have any use for my western stuff. I love my BH saddle and my mohair roper cinch. Going to be sad to part with them.
I like the Booties. I'm definitely looking into them more. Seems like it would be ridiculously comfy for the horse.
It looks like the specialized saddles do best when paired with thinner pads. And I really like wool for pads. What do you think of getting some plain sheep skins (which I can get for very inexpensive), cutting and sewing them into the shape of my saddle and using it like that? Heck, I can even sew heavy duty velcro onto it and attach it like the Booties. Do you think that would be too thin?