It's the saddle company Heather Moffat easi-sit dressage saddle. I absolutely love it and would happily buy another (and have found one for sale) but I'm loathe to go ahead and buy it in case the shape just no longer suits her, I'll see what the saddler says on Wednesday.I think you have your answer. A thicker pad may see you through the rides for now but looks like a new saddle to me.
What is it?
Would you go for the same again!
Not your poor horse at all, It would be great if all owners were as thorough as you. I would say your lucky horse actually, although I’m sure Jess will wonder what it’s all about when the plaster of Paris comes out!So I am going to drive to Lincolnshire on Thursday morning and P is going to adjust my saddle based on a template of Jess' back, its not my ideal but she can adjust it in her machine and my local saddler friend can come and fiddle with the flocking and I still have the 19th July appointment with P as a back up. I could just do a normal template with a flexi-curve but I decided to try for a 3D one aswell, I've ordered plaster of paris bandage My poor horse
I've had this saddle 15 years, and used on both Bo and Jess and it's been pretty good with only minor adjustments, the annoying bit is you can't change the gullet yourself, it needs a machine to adjust it and not all saddlers are used to dealing with that and serge panels, On the whole though it has been great. I did buy a TG a few years back and it looked good on her until I sat on it, then it sat too low at the back (I didn't notice but saddler could see it and had me go back to this one) but I think I really needed a bigger seat size, which is what I would go for if I brought another now.Fingers crossed it all works out. I must have been lucky all these years with mine as I bought saddles (all TG) and they have fitted them all done with gullet and flocking adjustments long term. Kia’s is about 10yrs or more old now. I’ve just had to buy a med wide gullet to try in it as I think with him aging the wide gullet is just a bit too wide, I bought it as a wide so it’s never been changed lol.
What other saddle did he recommend if yours doesn’t work out??
Its a saddle company one, the old easi-sit.
Not sure what you mean hybrid, they are full tree'd, but they were designed with HM before she got into treeless. Dave has done it in the past, I mail it to him with a template, but last time there was too much flocking for Jess' liking and I still needed to get a local saddler to come out and adjust it for her so its easier to just use one of their fitters.They're Heather Moffett hybrids aren't they? If it was a usual SC saddle I'd say come over here as Dave (who owns TSC) comes to our yard regularly. You can't do better than the head honcho!!
The saddle doesn't slip, twist or shift enough for me to notice. I have various pads and shims, but as she doesn't have significant atrophy they shouldn't be needed and I wouldn't like to guess where I might need to put them so unless directed by a saddler I wouldn't use one for anything more than a one off.I have a lemieux wool half-pad, but one that you can add shims like a prolite into it. Flash hollows behind his shoulder so this pads the hole stops his saddle slipping back.
That's kind of my feeling, I brought the saddle 2nd hand about 15 years ago (I think) so it could be 20 years old for all I know. The only thing that makes me want to continue is my saddler friend really rates it for how wide the gullet and panels are and generally what a nice saddle it is. It would cost me about a hundred quid to send it back to the factory for a re-flock, not sure what the saddler would charge.At this point, and when you can feel the tree through the panels, I'd cut my losses & not spend any more money on it. How old is the saddle, would you get anywhere complaining to the factory about it? And how much would it cost to get it reflocked so you could sell it? It sounds like nothing you do is going to make it right so I wouldn't keep throwing good money at it.