So I've been having saddle issues with my rocky mountain horse over the past few years. Started out in an Imus saddle. It didn't fit him well. Switched to a Henry Miller saddle, caused white hairs on his withers. Switched to a Crestridge saddle, thought it fit him at first but didn't, very comfortable for me (sigh).
So, yesterday we went to Illinois Horse Fair and sat through a saddle fitting seminar by Julie Cyra of West 20 Saddle Company. I ended up showing her the Crestridge and pics of Jazz. She helped us pick out a Big Horn Endurance model #808 with the Steele equi-fit tree and gil-cush skirt liner. The saddle is a little on the heavy side, 30 lbs., but at this point I would heave a #50 lb saddle on him as long as it fit him well and didn't hurt my bum. It's a really snazzy looking saddle and seemed comfortable for me when I sat in it at the fair. I also sat in a Crates saddle she had for sale, nice looking, also on the Steele tree, but was $300 more and not as comfortable for me compared to the Big Horn.
Today we will be taking the new saddle out to the barn and starting the saddle try-outs again. I'm not wanting to get my hopes up this will finally be the one but hoping for his sake it is. Have alot of trail rides and trips planned over the coming months, need to find a fit. I'll post an update soon.
Anybody looking for an almost new Crestridge Ovation Lite (weighs 18 lbs) in a 16" seat, black, upgraded Cheyenne roll, endurance style pommel and stirrups, with custom conchos?