Sprinkler Bandit‘s comment on a previous post, plus another friend’s comments over the last several months, have helped me recognize how much I think my jump saddle just isn’t setting me up for success. There’s been a small voice in my head, whispering that its time for a new saddle. But the other voice in my head that cares about my checking account promptly puts its hands over my ears and sings la-la-la. Plus for a little while I got self conscious about my riding skills and focused on improving my position.
My position could be improved, sure, but there comes a time when you realize your saddle sure ain’t helping. I’ve been using a lift pad and that has helped somewhat, but ultimately I need a saddle that fits me correctly and helps to put me in proper position. That is the whole point of saddles anyway – improved balance and position as compared to bareback.
So, time to share all your saddle shopping tips, tricks, and preferences for yours truly, please! I’m trying to stick to $1,500 or less, so in terms of new saddles the brands seem to be:
- HDR/Henri di Rivel
- Marcel Toulouse