Monday, 1 December 2014

It's Official, Saddle Shopping if the Pits

Well I've tried a few saddles so far.  A lovely Amerigo that was super comfy but slid back like crazy, a Berney Bros that didn't even get to the girth stage, a Frank Baines dressage saddle, a friends Jaguar and a semi-custom.

None of the jump saddles are even remotely worthwhile.  The Frank Baines belongs to a friend who is generously loaning it to me so that I don't have to ride bareback all the time.  It fits mostly ok with a front riser.

I've got a Zaldi rep coming up this weekend because I've heard good things about them working on harder to fit shoulders.  My coach (who owns a tack store) is also working on getting a demo saddle in that is built on dressage panels but uses a polymer to support a forward flap.  Either option may work but is going to be pricey!!!

I'm currently signed up for a Sandra Donnelly clinic over the Christmas break but I'm beginning to panic that I won't have a saddle to ride in :(

I've got nothing much to share because we got 30cm of snow over two days and then it was -30 Celsius for a few more, so all I did was run out and put extra blankets on.

400g Turnout with 200g liner(fullneck) and a BOT mesh sheet.  She should be warm


  1. It seems like a decent time to be saddle shopping. No one wants to ride in -30 anyways.

  2. This is true. But in true Alberta fashion it is supposed to be above 0 by Thursday.

  3. Not sure what part of Alberta you are in but the Tack Collector is overflowing with saddles right now! :)

  4. Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! That is frigid! Sending you positive saddle finding vibes :)

  5. good luck with the saddle shopping!! hopefully something reasonable pops up in time for the clinic :)

  6. Oooh, I wanna go to the Tack Collector!! Argh. I'm really glad that the Frank is fitting the bill for now, especially with the fancy gold stirrups you've likely already removed for your own favourites... ;-)