My trainer came out yesterday to check Slewy’s saddle fit. Last year, I had my saddle “re-flocked”, which means they open up the saddle and redo the padding and stuffing in it to make it soft again. I also had it widened a bit.
But, because of how my life goes, I had never put it on Slewy so we didn’t know how it fit.
At the saddle-fitters advice, I also bought a Mattes saddle pad, which is perhaps the most expensive piece of tack I’ve ever bought. It has its own bag, which it will return to after each use!
Its white and fluffy and oh-so-soft and beautiful and I intend it to stay that way!!!
The Mattes meant that I also had to buy another saddle pad to go under it, between its snowy whiteness and my horse. Horses are never-ending . . . buying one thing leads to the need for another.
Anyway . . . we went super slow with Slewy, letting him give each new saddle pad and the saddle a thorough sniffing over before putting them on him. He’s a super anxious horse so slow is the only way to go.
He was super good! He probably hasn’t had a saddle on in nearly a year. But once things were completely sniffed, he was fine. It took him a minute to remember that he can walk with a girth on but that’s ok.
My trainer gave the thumbs up to our new saddle pads and saddle fit. Yay!!!
But, here’s the not so good news. Slewy is still super skinny. And his back is sore, which is weird since he hasn’t done anything much in the last year. She said I could ride him but I’ve decided to wait until he puts some weight on and gains some muscle. As inpatient as I am, it wasn’t a hard decision to make because I want to do this right.
So, I’ve sentenced Slewy and I to more boring lunging. But, Slewy also now gets all the hay he can eat and that makes him a super happy horse!
At least with all good pads and a properly fitting saddle, I feel like we’ve made some forward progress. Now, I just need a fat horse!