And they gave that advice when you said there was no circurmstance under which you could get help from a trainer. As in "If you can't get help with him, you ought to sell him and get something appropriate for your skill level."
Since you *have* gotten help with him, good luck and god speed! It's always seemed from your posts like he was a nice guy with a good dispostion.
New saddle looks good too. Post of pic of you riding in it so we can see the difference.