Because I had a saddle fitting.
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. And the moral of the story is that horses keep me broke.
After we had a tire blowout on the drive up there (dammit! there goes another $500). Because even 'local' events are 100 miles away, we got there a tad late. Fortunatly, there wasn't a rush since she had all day to do us 8 people. Thank goodness
Anyway, Tilly's fitting went swimingly. The tree was mostly ok, just needed a minor readjustment and a reflocking. And Tilly approved of the change in her saddle.
Delight, on the other hand was a whole 'nother ball of yarn. She was wedged into RC's custom saddle and had it fitted to her as a 3 year old with the assumption that she would grow a bit. She grew. Up and out... but not longer. Which leaves us with 14' of usable saddle space between her massive shoulders, short rib cage and huge hips.
For those of you playing along at home, I need 25% more saddle than a 14" saddle offers.
I need to diet.
Of course, the wonderful people at Schleese have a solution. They make a saddle that fits a 17" seat into 14" of back. And used! And even brown! for $4000.
Then, being the proverbial sucker born every minute... I even rode in it after it was fit for Deli. And she was a gem. Just perfect.
So now I need to scour the internet for a 17" saddle with a relief wedge and cutback shoulders or find an extra two grand to pony up for a saddle that actually fits my horse.
Anyone want to sponsor an aspiring rider/pony?
Anyone need a kidney?