Saddle shopping should be used as corporal punishment- Help for the suffering?
So I've recently embarked on another saddle fitting nightmare. I am convinced I cursed myself two years ago saying I've never really had a hard time finding an appropriate saddle. I have since probably tried a dozen saddles. During this go 'round, I've tried three different Countys. I accidentally fell in love with the Perfection with the bull leather (OMG!) and after that the other two with the XTR leather didn't compare. Of course the Perfection doesn't fit my horse (but may be able to be tweaked) but my stupid, ridiculous long femur might be the deal breaker. This is devastating because it is an absolute STEAL of a deal. The Connection fit us both but I'm not in love with it. Of course in waiting for these to arrive I missed out on a Schleese Link on a #2 tree that, in hindsight, would have probably been perfect. Sigh.
So now after having tried so many saddles in the past year, I have a better idea of what types of tree shape/panel shape/gussets would be a good starting point to work from and think a Schleese on a #2 tree would be best suited for my short-backed horses. Of course now I can't find any that would be suitable and fit the budget.
This is mostly a vent but I have two questions- am I right in declining on the Perfection if I feel that my knee wants to go over the thigh block? The flap is very straight and if I don't ride with much bend in my leg it is ok but I like some bend. I am just not sure how that block is supposed to feel. Will get pictures tomorrow. As far as the Schleese saddles, the Link and Wave appear to have a bit more "forward" to the flap. Should I continue to look for a 17" which fits my butt or increase the search to a 17.5 to give my freak-leg more room? UGH! I am tired of spending all this money shipping stuff back and forth!