I hate saddle shopping.
I hate saddle shopping for a TB with a high withers and broad shoulders.
I hate saddle shopping for a TB with high withers and broad shoulders and a tall rider.
I hate saddle shopping for a TB with high withers and broad shoulders and a tall rider with a 37 inch inseam.
I hate saddle shopping for a TB with high withers and broad shoulders and a tall rider witha 37 inch inseam, most of that being my femur.
I love my saddle, it's a Harry Dabbs and it feels wonderful! It does feel a bit to small since I have to REALLY REALLY work to keep my knees behind the knee roll, and when I get my knee behind the knee roll my butt goes on the uproll of the cantle. If that makes sense. It just doesn't feel very comfortable.
As for Denali, the saddle USE TO FIT HER until she decided to beef up like Arnold Schwarzenegger. Now the saddle doesn't fit her in the shoulders (it's a MW, but a W is to wide) so I use a pad to bump it up a little.
I sat in a 19 inch seat yesterday and it felt SO GOOD. The saddle was an extra wide, and no good. I'd love to have a saddle custom made, but I don't feel that I ride enough to justify spending the 3,500. I'll so that someday, but for now I keep saving. I also saw a 19 inch dressage saddle, but it had short flaps. Not sure who rode in that saddle!
The quest to find the perfect saddle is ongoing. Any suggestions?
Yesterday I rode in my trainers new Isabell Werth saddle (shh...dont' tell the doctor) for a few minutes. It is only a 17 inch seat, and the leathers, even on their longest point were WAY too short. I refused to remove my leathers (since it take a string of explatives and about 20 minutes to get them off) so I just rode without irons. My hips felt so good, it's been so long since I rode and my hips kept cramping while we were trotting, but it felt good! I think I can ride without irons and will be fine. My knee didn't hurt at all, even at the trot. I think the pressure put on it by being in the iron is what caused the major pain last time.