I also was able to buy a pair of jointed stirrups off a friend at the barn and so I rode in my saddle with those today. I was able to get my heel down better but still would end up perching and resting my hands on his withers once we got going. I can't believe it but the saddle makes such a huge difference! Yesterday was fun and I felt like I was able to work on our performance. Today was frustrating because I knew where I wanted myself to be positioned but just couldn't get myself there.
As soon as my other horse sells I am going to put things in full motion to get a new saddle. I'm hoping to get a test saddle of the M. Toulouse Annice since it is a knockoff of an antares. I just hope that the person that is looking at her for a second time this weekend will buy her!