Yes, it's me again. Still on the quest to find Sasha a saddle that fits! Since the last saddle post I made, I have tried 3 different saddles. All were obviously ill fitting -so I didn't even bother to post them..
This one has me on the fence though, one second I think "Yep! It's a keeper!" and the next I'm going "oooh...". I'm starting to get a bit frustrated, mostly with myself. I'm new in the whole "saddle fit" world, and boy-howdy is it tougher than I EVER imagined it to be! The saddle I will be posting pictures of today is try #10 (over a period of 4 months). While I am frustrated that I can't seem to find one yet, I am glad to be learning this valuable information.
I went on a bit of a wild goose chase the last couple months. I had thought Sasha was going to need a narrow gullet because her shoulders were a little more narrow. However I ran into a problem because her back and butt are wide! I finally figured it out by chance the other day, I got a saddle that I thought for sure was going to be too wide and sit down on her withers. Surprise, surprise though! It actually fit her quite well! It was because the gullet was wide, but the bar angle was more narrow. Finding that out, I have come much closer in the last 3 saddle purchases to finding a good fit than I have in the last 7 saddles.
This saddle below is one that I feel pretty good about, but not 100%. I don't know what it is, it makes me feel like I'm sitting too far back on her. Plus I saw where a crease forms in the skirt behind the Cantle which makes me wonder if I am putting too much weight on her behind. It's like a case of "Does this saddle make my butt look big?"
I wonder too if it sits down just a hair in the front? I LOVE how much wither clearance she has though. A problem I've been running into with other saddles (even though she doesn't really have a wither). This saddle gives me about three fingers clearance in the front (others only 1 finger to 1 1/2).
I don't know, like I said mixed emotions. I felt underneath, feels like I have pretty even contact. It sits flush to her back when her head is up, when her head goes down into grazing position it comes up about 2 - 3 fingers in the back. I rode her and worked her a bit in it. She started to sweat in the front. Her hair was a bit ruffled all the way down her back (I've tried saddles where the may look good, but some places the hair was practically untouched)
I just don't know what to think, I've looked through some more youtube videos. I want to do some more tests on her, double and triple check my saddle placement is good (that it is behind her shoulder).
I don't know guys, what's your opinion? Anything obvious that my green horn eyes aren't picking up on? (My two worries are: 1) possible sitting down in the front slightly? AND 2) Sitting too far back, the saddle makes me sit too far back.
***All the pictures below are on flat ground, no saddle pad, not cinched.