So there is a note on the board at my trainers barn that Jochen Schleese is coming to the barn March 30th to do a saddle fitting. He was just there last month. I didn’t sign up for it last month because there is no way I am paying to get my saddle fit for a horse I am only riding in lessons. That would be stupid right? The thing is, I am torn as to whether it is going to be a stupid thing to do in March.
I plan on starting to lease the School Master again in March. I am feeling more like my old self these days. I am starting to think about showing. I got that exited feeling when I woke up on Saturday morning, you know, the “I am going to do something I love” feeling that makes you jump out of bed. I haven’t had that since my first year with Phoenix. If it happens again next week I am really getting back to being me. Even my trainer noticed the difference in my lesson. I didn’t look down at my watch once, ask for a break, or even start talking about non-horsey stuff. I was focused from the moment I got on all the way through my lesson, which turned out to be an hour and 20 minutes long.
The more I think about it the more I am thinking that the School Master is going to be a longer term solution for me. I had thought I would ride him for a few weeks after Phoenix and something else would come along because that was how things always worked in the past. It has already been over 6 months and I am starting to think that maybe this is the only level of commitment of a second horse that I want right now. I mean, I could ride him for years and keep learning and even with paying for the quarter lease he is not breaking the bank at this point. I still think I would like a second one of my own at some point, but in the same breath the School Master is a really great option. He just fits in with my life right now.
So now for the good old pro and con list
Pros about getting my saddle adjusted…
1) I love my saddle and I know that while it is an okay fit for the School Master, it is not a perfect fit. Phoenix had a bulging left side so I know it was adjusted to not be even.
2) A horse will always go better when tack fits them properly and they are comfortable.
3) They are coming right to my trainers barn. Can you get more convenient than that?
4) I learned a lot last time Jochen Schleese adjusted my saddle so from an educational standpoint it is a good opportunity.
Cons about getting my saddle adjusted…
1) They are coming on a weekday. I would have to work unless they came at night. I NEVER take off work so that is a big con to me.
2) I am paying to get my saddle fit to a horse that is not my own.
3) I tend not to have good luck with saddle fitting so that just always is a little worrisome.
4) It is most likely going to be a few hundred dollars to get the adjustments done to my saddle.
5) Do I really need a saddle to fit perfectly? I mean, it is not like I am going Grand Prix or anything. Heck, I will only be riding 2 days a week.
Okay, what are your thoughts?