I have to admit to being a complete failure in the media department though. She checked my saddle from top to bottom and front to back and then she did it all again with the saddle on each horse. Me? I just stood there taking it all in while forgetting to get pictures of her working. Sorry.
What?!? I was shocked. The past several times she has adjusted my saddle, she has had to move quite a bit of flocking around as I sit on my right seat bone more than the left. This has the effect of squashing the wool on the right side panel, making my saddle uneven.
Over the past two years, I must have been paying attention during lessons because my saddle's wool flocking is now suggesting that I am sitting evenly on my seat bones. Score one for me!
Tina popped the saddle up on Izzy's back and did much of the same scooting, sliding, and re-positioning. Believe it or not, Speedy is a fair bit wider through his shoulders and rib cage than is the big brown horse. Arabs are known for having very well sprung rib cages, and Speedy is no exception.
While the saddle fits Speedy better than it does Izzy, it is still a good fit for my Zweibrücker. Tina said that while a narrower tree might give a more perfect ft, this saddle fits just fine, especially if I use a half pad with a regular dressage pad.
While I knew the saddle wasn't a horrible fit for Izzy, it was a relief to get a nod of approval from a professional saddle fitter. I am hankering for a second saddle, but knowing that this one fits Izzy well enough will keep that money in my pocket a bit longer.
Next up ... the chiropractor puts in his two cents.