Seeking professional help.
June 7, 2011 5 Comments
I continued to mess with my saddles, pads and shims in an effort to cobble something together that would work for Derby until Kate Lamacki, a Master Saddler (one of four in the US) and Qualified Saddle Fitter can work us into her schedule. When I tried the Wintec with a medium narrow gullet, the saddle was pommel high. On Sunday, I switched to a medium gullet, which looked a hair wide, and added ultra ThinLine shims to my Mattes pad. The balance looked OK, the wither clearance was fine, it didn’t feel like it was pinching.
I rode Derby for about 20 minutes, when he started to feel resistant – he was unwilling to go forward, and was starting to toss his head. I promptly dismounted.
Despite the short ride, the clean white saddle pad didn’t reveal anything in the sweatmarks – it was hot, and Derby was pretty dirty. The pad was one big smear of sweat, fly spray and dust. I didn’t see any dry spots on his back, and I poked and prodded for soreness, but didn’t find anything.
However, on Monday night, Christy palpated Derby’s back, and found a couple spots that were a bit sore, which was no surprise, given what transpired under saddle the night before. There was no way I was going to compound the situation by riding, so we spent the evening exploring the farm, and grazing with Liz and Cloud.
So we’re grounded until we meet with Kate, and (hopefully) find a new saddle that fits us perfectly.