So I just won a brand new Bates Caprilli saddle. Yes, I said "won". I entered a sweepstakes and they drew my name! This all came at a great time because I just sold my old saddle and was riding in a crappy school saddle until I could buy a new one.
So I decided to ride in it for the first time ever in my lesson yesterday. Here is the problem: I kept felt like I was pitching forward, and in turn, kept losing my leg. Now, I don't know if it's just because it's a brand new saddle and I was awkward because I need to get used to it or what. But since I was jumping, we decided to switch saddles for the time being.
Here are a few things I might be able to attribute it to, and I'd be interested to see what everyone else thinks or if they own and/or ride in a Bates.
1. New saddle, just needs getting used to and breaking in
2. The gullet needs to be changed to a slightly more narrow one to bring the front of the saddle up. It fit my horse pretty well but my trainer thinks it could be a bit narrower.
3. I had too much padding under the saddle because I'm used to the crappy school saddles. The extra padding lifted the back of the saddle more than needed. Maybe I just need minimal padding for this type of saddle.
What do you guys think?