For some reason I’ve decided my saddle is unacceptable and I must get rid of it and find something new. STAT. This is good insight into my way of thinking in general. I get something in my mind, and become a bit obsessed with it. There’s nothing particularly wrong with my saddle. I’ve ridden in it for over 5 years and it has served me well. It is a simple, traditional style, Karl Neidersuss Symphonie. I bought it used at a great price, without thinking twice. It was my first dressage saddle ever, so I had no idea what I prefered. I just wanted a dressage saddle. And I have no regrets.
But now I ride in it, and I feel tipped forward. And I can’t sit as deeply as I want to. And blah blah blah. I apparently have convinced myself I need something different. And it’s true, I’m asking more of Georgie, and our dressage work is getting more difficult and precise, but really, the saddle probably isn’t contributing to my struggle with doing some of this newer dressage work.
But I have it in my head and am now on the hunt.
I’ve tried a couple of saddles at our barn. None of these saddles are for sale, I just want to get a fee for different types. As someone who has never really ridden in a saddle with blocks, HOLY COW. It’s like a whole new world. I think I like it, as it kind of forces me to put my leg where it needs to be, but it’s also a bit strange and is going to take some getting used to.
Three people ride in County saddles and I have tried 2 of them. I liked them. I think I need to ride in them more so I get used to them. One of them I have now ridden in about 5 times. After last night’s lesson I proclaimed that I really liked it. I like the deep seat. I like the blocks. When Sarah reminded me to sit down and back, I could, and it actually did improve my riding and was way easier to ask what I wanted from Georgie.
This week I rode in a Hennig. It was ok. The seat was kind of hard, but the blocks were not messing around and I felt I was able to really sit deeply in the saddle.
I’m trying out an Amerigo Close Contact, a Prestige Roma and an Ideal in the near future. I’m excited about each of them, and hope I find the perfect saddle.
What dressage saddle do you ride in? What made you fall in love with your saddle? Any tips or hints for the saddle shopper?