My saddle finally got here!
I had been anxiously awaiting its arrival ALL day and then it got here right around 4pm. I even woke up really earliy becuase I thought it'd be here in the morning (usually our UPS guy comes around 9am) but noooo.
Anyway, I am in love with this saddle. I rode in it for maybe 5 minutes and it was so so comfy. I felt so secure the whole time as well. It was really really nice.
So the only thing I see is that it might be a smidge too wide, but I am certainly no saddle fitter. Lacey has been plagued with saddles that are perpetually too narrow so a little wide is great, especially since she's not fat right now (she gets horrifically chunky in the spring/summer).
The one thing that concerned me is that when I rode in it for about 5 minutes, it slid back a ton. Maybe I didn't put it far enough forward to begin with, I don't know, but it ended up about 4 inches farther back than where I had placed it by the time I got off. Or maybe I put it on too far forward. I remember hearing that Aussie saddles go farther forward than english or western, but the beginning of the tree was right on top of the edge of Lacey's shoulder when I put it on her to begin with and it ended up behind her shoulder.
I was using a thicker english pad with it so maybe I'll try it with my 1/2in thick western pad to see if that helps at all.
Lacey seemed very happy with it. She stood stock still for mounting (unusual for her) and she was very relaxed as we rode around her field (usually she's a little excited about that).
Also, btw, this is a Kimberly Synthetic Endurance Saddle. So no overgirth for me!
Anyway, picture time!
And I am so sorry for the giant pictures. My Photobucket refuses to believe that I am actually not wanting to use Mobile Photobucket when I'm on my laptop (that'd be too simple, you know?) and apparently Mobile PB has no way to change the photo size. :/
(the cut in the back on the saddle in this next picture is how I got it for $50 off! )
Thanks for your input! :)