Thank you ALL so so much. You have really made me remember that I love my horse and just need to keep working at this process of finding a saddle to keep him as comfy as possible. So here is my predicament. I need to make a choice here and because I am so indecicive and you all are SO smart I thought I would pick your brains. Here is the thing I want to ride! I feel like I NEED to ride. Now I know I will not die if I do not ride but my exsistence will be depressing not doing so. And with my strong drive to train and compete that is what I WANT to do. I have already made a deposit on event camp for July. I was hoping to be fit and ready to really get my moneys worth at this camp as far as training. So I am now confronted with a few options in order to make this happen or to even just ride. What say ye?
The County came in the mail today and I rode in it. My conlusion about it that it is not perfect but I could possibly make it work for the time being. Alone it sits too close if not on his withers. But with my Lami-cell pad it comes up off his withers and looks to me to fit fine(but what do I really now about saddle fitting). Truely if I had to guess he would need wither gussets to fix this problem that we have with every saddle. Here is the County on Steady with the Lami-cell.
A saddle fitter will be coming to event camp in July that I was planning to make an appointment with. She is and independent fitter and also has saddles for sale that she brings with her. There is also a saddle fitter coming to CAF at the end of the month. I was planning to make an appointment with her but I found out that I had to have a saddle for her to work with and that is not my situation at this point.
So here are the options in no particular order
1: Buy the County for $995 and buy a Mattes pad to make it work until I can meet with a fitter.
options for fitting
A: Meet with the fitter at CAF at the end of April with the County.
B: Call up the local County rep and have her fit the saddle.
C: Meet with the fitter at camp in July with the County.
2: Ship back the County.
A: Just wait and see what happens with the saddle fitter at event camp and just be happy that I get to own a horse and plan on taking training seriously next year.
B: Get a bareback pad and just enjoy trail rides and hacks.(these two options mean I probably won't ride in event camp. I think I will get everything back but the $100 deposit if they can fill my spot which I am sure she can)
3:Try something like Trumbull Mtn. and take another risk and shipping costs trying to make it work.
4: Any other option I may not be seeing.