So far, it is the best fitting saddle I have put on Chili and that has been my biggest saddle finding issue. It's perfect for my price range too.
My "iffiness" comes from the following:
- The seat is slightly too big (19" and I need an 18-18.5") but I can deal with this since it fits Chili.
- One stirrup feels shorter than the other even though the leathers are on the same numbered hole. I dunno if this means the leathers are stretched out(??) or if there is something wrong with the way they are attached or if I have one leg that much shorter than the other (it throws me slightly off balance).
- The billets will need to be replaced as they are worn very thin on the holes I will need to use.
All in all, I think these are flaws in the wear/tear of the saddle, not in the fit and can all be overcome (except, obviously for the seat size!) I offered her less money so I can get them fixed. Not sure if she'll take me up on the offer or not.
There is another similar saddle for sale in GA (about 7 hours from me) in a sz 18" and it *appears* to be the same size tree/gullet but I'm petrified of trying something else out and possibly losing the one that DOES fit her in the process.
So... I've decided that instead of swapping saddles, my hubby will be bringing her cash tomorrow. I'll be sure he has the full amount in case she won't budge on the price but am really hoping she lets it go for $400....
Looks like I'm officially an English rider.... and could stand a few lessons! LOL and some breeches or chaps, boots, bridle. :P