New Saddle: What to ask for, what to expect, and what if you like your old one better
So I had the fitter out today to tell me what I already knew. My saddle, a Prestige Eventer, does not fit my boy. My horse has gained a ton of weight/muscle and in the back of my head I knew it would never fit, but I always hoped he would fill out enough.
I had the fitter out and she explained it was too wide for him. The tree is a 34 and has already been adjusted from a 33 before I bought it. It would need to go to a 32 to maybe fit him which she is worried may be too much and compromise the saddle.
I love my eventer and I am going to talk to her about buying another in the 32 and seeing if she could make it work. She is a rep for Black Country saddles and was very awesome to work with. I tried one out (the Quantum) and I have another model (the Ricochet) coming to try as well. But I honestly prefer the feel of my Prestige even though it was nice. She said the Ricochet had a bit deeper seat so I hope that would help.
First question: Is it ok to ask for her opinion on other models besides the Black Country? Is it ok to ask for ones that fit similar or could also work?
Second Question: Should I make a list of options I want in a saddle? For example leather type, color, monoflap/dual flap? I have bought a few saddles but have only custom ordered two: My Prestige, which I got as a demo because a rep had exactly what I wanted, and my CWD which was a disaster.
Third Question: Is black better? I have always wanted a black leather saddle. Is this a good option?
Fourth Question: Opinions on Black Country jump saddles? I have read threads with rave reviews for the most part. I know that every company has good and bad reviews. How is the Wexford model as well?
Fifth Question: Is it just getting used to riding in a new saddle? I liked it but I love my Prestige. Do I just need to get used to the new saddle?
Thank you and I am sorry for the extreme length/questions.
I am on my phone 90% of the time. Please ignore typos, misplaced lower case letters, and the random word butchered by autocowreck.