|"YET." - isabel|
(Also - funny side story - I almost broke the leg AGAIN in the SAME GOD DAMNED WAY at a recent dressage lesson. Stepped out of the trailer badly and just barely caught myself before nearly eating shit again. Like, leg was swollen and sore for days after. Exactly the same. OMG NO EMMA STAHHHP. Ugh. #stepstool4lyfe)
From this point forward, I'm utilizing the fitter's personal saddle shopping services to find what will surely be our perfect magical mystical unicorn. First step: acquire new tracings!!
|this picture will likely always inspire feelings of bitterness and resentment|
At the time, I felt degrees of trepidation about some of what this new fitter was saying... but went along with it all the same. And she was adamant: the narrow plates HAD TO GO. She pulled them out of both my Bates saddles, replacing the jump saddle with a medium wide and the dressage saddle with a medium.
|top: wither tracing in october 2015; bottom: wither tracing in march 2016|
So now the fitter is armed with updated tracings to begin checking her inventories for potential matches. We shall see what happens. I'm feeling... cautiously optimistic haha.
In the meantime, since her fee includes two saddle assessments, we took a looksie at my dressage saddle too even tho I'm not necessarily emotionally prepared to replace it at present. Final determination? It'll do for now. But probably not worth the investment in converting from CAIR to wool flocking.
|balance billet strap has a little adjustment gizmo that i'd never really noticed before|
|prolite half pad|
Only down side? The outer material is too slippery and wouldn't stay put as we went around. So idk. We ended up leaving the dressage saddle configured exactly as I've had it. The Prolite might be something to look into later on... or I might see if its removable shims fit inside my other shimmable half pad that doesn't shift under the saddle, since Izzy seemed to appreciate the Prolite material.
In any case, tho, I feel really good about this appointment in knowing that Isabel's topline IS filling out, even if I can't really tell. Ooh. And the prospect of maybe actually getting a new jump saddle that FITS. Super exciting, y'all.