Unfortunately, that meant that the Barnsby did not fit. Too wide. I am kicking myself for not shipping a third saddle to try.
Anyway, that left me with the Collegiate. I was on the fence about the whole exchangeable gullet thing, but I must say that this saddle fits Walker relatively well. The only beef I have with the fit is that it requires a wedge to jack up the back to make it level. I'm slightly iffy on buying a saddle that requires props, but Walker has no topline right now and always seems to have a "dippy" back anyway - if you know what I mean. The Barnsby was going to require that too, so maybe he's just cursed with that. Honestly, a $50 fix isn't that bad, I guess.
With regards to how it fits me, I'm on the fence. It seems to fit seat-size-wise and is generally comfy except for one thing. You know the buckles on the top of the stirrup that hide under the flap underneath your thigh? I'm sure there is a name for that part on the saddle, but I've often noticed that some English saddles give me bruises from there - sometimes severe bruises. Although I have no bruises from having ridden in it for two days straight, I get this sneaky feeling that it doesn't fit me correctly there. But I mean, I played around with my leg and I can't understand how other riders wouldn't feel the same thing. I don't know. Maybe it's my stirrup leathers, which are cheap and probably need replacing anyway. Or maybe my thighs are just disproportionately huge. Who knows.
All I know is that it's generally comfy and survived the Walker-buck-test where he had a mini meltdown and I didn't go flying off. Or maybe you could say I survived the Walker-buck-test. *Side note: it was one of Walker's best bucks in months. Props to him for trying.
I have until Wednesday to decide, but I will probably only get to ride in it one more time. On the one hand, I don't want to keep a saddle that isn't an "oh my god I have to have it" saddle, but on the other hand, it is a process to try and fit your saddle without access to a saddle fitter or someone who can at least give you lots of different saddles to try. I'm essentially distance-fitting my horse, and I don't want to eat up all my saddle money with shipping fees. I kind of feel like I should keep it or else risk going months without another one.
|I was happy that I could fit my whole hand in here|
|Taking all my saddles out to the barn.|
I caught some stranger staring in my back seat today
|Generally good fit for me, right? Right?|