So. I bought Apollo a saddle. I can’t help but feel a bit guilty. The holidays are coming up and I’m trying to save my pennies for a trailer (note that there is a whopping $35.00 in my trailer savings account right now). Apollo has a saddle...it’s a treeless monstrosity. I will never sell it because he loves it so much but I can’t ride him in it more than twice a week.
I started researching Verhan saddles a bit after seeing two that caught my eye at a local tack consignment shop. Most riders who had them seemed pretty enthusiastic about how much they loved them. Although there was one comment about how all the riders at a stable referred to the Verhan saddle as the “riding hysterectomy”.
Riding in a close contact saddle with a dressage pad...whatevs.
I was willing to give them a try because it sounded like they were made for wide horses that have an actual wither. Apollo has huge round shoulders and I’ve been able to find about 5 saddles out of a million that are wide enough for him. And 3 of those 5 saddles were clearly made for a wither-less creature. The DK (which I’m trying not to rag on these days) is okay but was made for a horse that’s more slab-sided (like princess Mystic) and the billets were in the wrong place for Apollo. Mystic is actually wider than Apollo, which you wouldn’t know to look at them.
I asked my husband if I could borrow his credit card to take the saddle on trial. Not planning to purchase it but wanting to see if it was worth saving towards. He said “You can buy it if you want...” (love this man).
I put the Verhan saddle on Apollo’s back and I heard angels singing. It fits pretty darn good. Not 100% perfect (it’s a touch wide if I was being picky) but 95% perfect. Nothing a slightly thicker pad can’t fix. It also fits Mystic quite well.
Mare finds this saddle suitable.
The seat is is a bit hard. No getting around that. I can see the “riding hysterectomy” thing (my first ride I was only wearing leggings....ow). If I wear my full seat breeches it's actually quite comfortable. It’s so nice to be able to sit/post the trot like a human being.
So I justified this purchase to myself like so:
- I rode Apollo for 4 years bareback because the DK was for sale and I couldn’t afford a replacement. I think I have done my time in saddle limbo.
- I will be able to pay it off quite quickly as I just got a raise at work.
- It also fits Mystic (traveling pants saddle, I love you!) so I can get more use out of it.
- If I want to get Apollo fit I need a proper saddle.
My life has been taken over by treating Mystic's recent puncture wound (it's minor but I get really fixated on treating wounds). I have a bunch of half written posts that I hope to get posted shortly.
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