But finding a western saddle was proving to be a bit more difficult. Dressage riders are notoriously opinionated about saddles, and having spent so many hours in English tack did not make finding a comfortable western saddle any easier. And even when she could find something that might be comfortable a trail ride, it didn’t offer the draped upright position she needed for effective dressage work. And then came fitting the horse. Callie isn’t so wide at the wither, but she is flat across the back, with broad shoulders and a very short back. Many were the wrong width, the wrong angle, or both, and they were ALL too long on her.
So while the original goal was to find something inexpensive to give a new discipline a try, the end result shifted as they both tried more and more saddles, before finally realizing that what worked was not going to be found on the shelf. So a few measurements and a few pictures and MANY options later, they now have a custom western saddle on order! It will fit them both beautifully, look STUNNING, and hopefully arrive before Buckeye. And yes, it includes that gorgeous snakeskin seat.
The only REAL question left is how long before Jessica orders one to match for Anna?