And we’ve made it an even dozen years. May there be many more!! Happy 12th Gotcha Day, Mitch!
My Freeform Classic arrived Monday, so I got to try it out yesterday. I wasn’t sure if the sheepskin seat saver from my dressage saddle would fit, but I made it work. Gotta have the cushion! I swapped the compositi stirrups that came with it for my caged EzRides. The leathers were awesome, pretty much like webbers so it was easy to change. The billets are loooooooong, even with my short mohair girth I was almost at the top of the billet holes. I’ll need to figure out if my girth is longer than 18” because I thought it was 18” (but maybe it’s 20” … gotta compared it to the 18” Thorowgood girth I have). I used my Equipedic knockoff pad that has a spine channel and pads.
I gotta say, I’m glad I got this saddle. I like treeless, the Haffie-face likes treeless because he moves way better in a treeless saddle than anything else ever. I loved my Sensation and the Barefoot was nice (although awfully wide), but the Freeform is in a class all of its own. It was very very much like riding in your typical AP saddle, with a twist that was really comfortable. Nice secure seat too, although I might want to save up and get the trail seat with the higher cantle to swap out with the one I have. Oh yeah, the seats are interchangeable! Love it.
I think for now, I’ll probably keep using my Not-Abetta endurance saddle for any longer rides since I have to figure out how I can rig up saddle bags on the Freeform. It’s an older model so it only has breast collar dee rings and lacks the other dee rings further down the flap where I could tie saddle bags. But all our schooling is going to be in the Freeform, especially since Mitch is a bit plump. I’ll also need to order a crupper, although I didn’t get much slipping around because I had a breastcollar and my girth is a roper style.