Ihave the distinction of being probably the only person to show up for a dressage lesson at an all-English barn in a western saddle— way before western dressage was a thing. To her credit, once my instructor got over the initial shock, she carried on with the lesson as if everything was perfectly normal. I wasn’t trying to be a trendsetter or make a fashion statement. I was in the middle of a saddle fit crisis, and I was desperate. Not quite desperate enough that I wanted to attempt a lesson bare-
back, but definitely willing to go to some extreme measures. The borrowed
saddle was shaped like a barrel and seemed to sit well enough on my round,
barrel shaped horse as I waited for yet another trial saddle to come in.
Saddle shopping sounds like fun. You can just feel the beautiful, buttery
leather and picture swinging a leg over that new saddle. The reality is, it can
be pretty stressful to get the right fit at the right price. To help you out, we
tackle five of the biggest saddle fit fails this month. If a saddle is on your
wish list this holiday season, read out experts’ advice on pg. 48 and you’ll be
better prepared to start your saddle search.
’Tis also the season where the search is on for perfect, thoughtful gifts for
the special people in your horse life. What do you give the equestrian who
has everything? A personalized gift is a great answer to that dilemma. We
scouted out 11 amazing options for this year’s holiday gift guide on pg. 26.
Happy, horsey holidays to all,
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