Thursday, March 17, 2022

Saddle Fitting Round 1

 Starting my saddle fitting journey with Cinder was a bit intimidating. I had no idea what would and wouldn't work for her. I don't live in a big city/suburbs with brand reps/saddle fitters/tack stores so I can't easily try a bunch of saddles quickly. I did find a used Devoucoux Socoa in my seat size and flap length within my budget online, so I took it on trail. 


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Yeah, that's a no. My County fits much better than this one did. I didn't even bother girthing it up, let alone riding in it. Back to seller it went. 

Fingers crossed, the Voltaire rep is coming this Saturday. I tried to get her to come out when I was saddle shopping for Peebs, but she blew me off twice. This time Trainer A set up the appointment for me since she's sponsored by them so hopefully the rep actually shows up. When I was shopping for Peebs I had the money to drop on a new custom saddle. I don't currently, and wouldn't since Cinder isn't done growing and I know whatever saddle I get now won't last more than a couple of years, but it really pisses me off that years ago I couldn't get a response from this rep even though I had $$$ to spend, but now that I have a trainer behind me she'll come out even though I'm not dropping the big bucks. I shouldn't have to have a trainer to get a response from a rep.  I know I'm not going into this fitting with a good impression of the rep, so I'm telling myself to keep an open mind. And who knows, maybe she'll flake on me like she did years ago.

3 comments:

  1. Voltaire reps are the biggest snobs I've ever tried to work with. Attitudes aside though, they are nice saddles. I had a Stuttgart for a bit, but it was just a little wider than I liked and didn't fit Pammon who is the only riding horse I wound up with when I had it. I hope you find something that works soon!

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  2. There might be some independent fitters in your area! They usually are able to point you to brands that might work without blowing a budget! It is so tough trying to find good saddle fitters!

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  3. Very open minded at the end there ­čśť but I think we've discussed my opinion also. Hopefully you can spend not too much money for a little saddle that fits reasonably!!

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