Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Johnson Creek, WI
I had a horrible lesson on Thursday. It was an extremely emotional day so I think that was causing me some problems. I had 2 lessons in the morning, dropped off Signa at her new home (2 1/2 hours round trip) then come home and help my Mom bury her 17 year old dog in our back yard.
I was having huge problems with keeping myself from getting pulled out of my seat and it was so frustrating. I spent basically the entire lesson in tears.
Then on thursday night my antares spooner demo showed up on my front porch when I wasn't expecting it. So on Saturday I lessoned in that saddle and things went soooo much better. I absolutely loved that saddle. I was able to stay up right and wasn't getting pulled all over the place and it was such a relief. Then on Sunday I lessoned in the barn owners old Antares that she is selling.
So I found that the spooner's flap didnt go far enough forward but I loved the balance of it and how comfortable it was. Her Antares is an 18 inch so I was just too big of a seat. The flap was fantastic though. I called smartpak and verified that the spooner doesn't come in a more forward flap so my next option is the Antares jumping saddle which is more forward to begin with (but costs $1000 more than the spooner which is already twice the price of my last saddle).
So, I have an Antares jumping saddle in a 17inch #2 flap demo saddle on its way, hopefully to show up friday. Knowing my pocket book, I'm going to love this saddle, but at this point I just don't care. I got my annual bonus so I guess I'm just going to have to go for it.
"Vulgarity is no substitute for wit. - Lady Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham