So I had the saddle fitter out today and it was pretty depressing. :(
My mom had a quarter horse bar circle y and a semi qh bar tex tan I knew weren't going to fit either horse, they are both arabs. But my mom insisted we try, so no big surprise there. The fitter brought a big horn and a circle y round skirt flex 2 along with her. The big horn fit my mom's horse ok, but was too small for her. The big horn didn't fit Brandon at all. The Circle Y flex 2 fit him perfectly but was too small for me and was $1,100 used. Out of my price range.
The disappointing part was that Brandon pretty much freaked out with a saddle on his back. He was snorting and dancing, holding his head up really high and just acting uncharacteristically nervous. The fitter recommended I get a trainer on him before I even attempt to get on him. She thinks he had an ill fitting saddle and he was afraid of getting hurt. He is an adoption and the former owners didn't want any contact with whoever adopted him (and Tyler, my mom's horse, they were pasture mates). The only thing the adoption agency told me about the former owners is that the husband owned Tyler and the wife Brandon, and that they were both 300+lbs. They said they were both great trail horses. That's pretty much it. I have to add, my mom was out there with me the whole time and a nervous wreck (she always is, she's afraid of both horses, it's very frustrating) and I think she was making the saddle fitter nervous too. Brandon too. Ugh. Before they came out, I was alone in the barn with him and put a saddle pad on him, just to see what he would do. He didn't care at all.
The saddle fitter also said where I planned to put a round pen wasn't level enough and that we need to get someone out to level the ground with a bobcat, etc. I don't remember the round pen I used to work my old horse in at the boarding stable being perfectly level.
I couldn't even lunge Brandon today because the ground was too wet and he was slipping.
So basically I have a horse I can't work anywhere without spending a massive amount of money on level ground, a trainer and an expensive saddle? Great. :( That's in addition to buying a round pen and some sand to fill it with.
Maybe she was just being too anal? I don't know. Of course I want a well fitting saddle, and I'd even be willing to spend the 1k on it, if I absolutely have to, but that on top of a trainer and everything else is just not in the cards for me right now.
I guess I thought I was just going to get on him and walk around, trying out saddles.
Any advice would be appreciated.