I ride Lucky in the cheapy adjustable Wintec that I bought last year. Last year it fit okay, but my girl is getting buff. Her shoulders are popping out and her back is coming up. I have had trouble getting the Wintec to be okay. When the tree is adjusted to where it should be it doesn’t fit her shoulders and vice versa. Lucky is totally stoic, but any other horse would be bucking by now. I have tried using a variety of corrective pads, and they make it okay, but the saddle is not fitting great.
When I got an e-mail saying that Jochen Schleese was going to the area (to my friends barn none the less which is 10 min away) I thought “Perfect”. And about 5 seconds later I thought “No, never mind. I don’t want Lucky to get hurt”. You see, I think my Schleese is cursed. Think about it…
I got the saddle for Gen. I got the saddle in January, Gen was hurt and retired by March. That one I could shake off as just a freaky incident. When I made the appointment to get the saddle fitted to Lexi only to have him get injured and pass away before the appointment date…that made me think twice. Not one to be overly superstitious I got the saddle fitted to Phoenix. This time I actually had the saddle fitting appointment and my saddle went up to Canada got taken apart and put back together. I got the saddle back and not even 3 months later my lease with Phoenix was over.
That is THREE bad things that happened around this saddle. I love my Lucky. I am freaking out that if I get my saddle done, something bad will happen to her. I finally have a horse I can do stuff with. I don’t want anything bad to happen to her.
Part of me wants to get my saddle done, but part of me thinks it is not worth the risk.
I decided to e-mail Schleese and see what appointment times are available. I can’t take off of work so it might be a non-issue. If they have an evening appointment I kind of want to do it. I just need the tree and flocking adjusted so it shouldn’t be a terribly expensive fix. Nothing feels as good as riding in your own saddle. That Schleese fits me perfectly, the Wintec is just an okay fit.
So what if they can do it? How can I get the curse off of my saddle. Someone told me to burn sage around it. I am willing to try anything at this point! Anyone else out there have ways to decurse a saddle? If I can’t use it I might as well just sell it. There is no need to have a very expensive saddle sitting in my basement…especially one I am worried about using…