Saddle fitters who travel to New England with a GOOD selection on the truck?
I think I will have a new horse coming in soon (next 2 months or so) and I am really interested in having one appointment where I can try a LOT of saddles for this horse and myself. I'm at a small barn and don't have the opportunity to borrow saddles from others-- those that do have english saddles, do not have anything other than the usual HDR/collegiate type fare and I would be looking for something higher quality.
Is there someone out there who will travel to southeastern MA and have a GOOD selection of demos (interested in jump saddles specifically) available?
Have heard good things about Annette Gavin with Hastilow, but open to other suggestions as well...
I don't know anyone but I do want to say that the people with Hastilow are fantastic. One of their reps travled down to NC to do a bunch of fittings and she had a bunch of quality saddles for a very good price.
I think I will have a new horse coming in soon (next 2 months or so) and I am really interested in having one appointment where I can try a LOT of saddles for this horse and myself.
Until you have some idea of tree width & curvature suited to the new horse, it's difficult for any shop or fitter to state how many in stock saddles would be likely to fit ... if you do a wither/back tracing in advance & have conformation photos of the horse & current photos of you on a horse, a saddle specialist (shop or independent) should be able to "short list" their current inventory for saddles that would be suitable to demo.
If you buy an average or easy to fit horse, chances are greater that most fitters will have a good number of suitable saddles - do NOT choose the horse that has the "straightest back" the saddle fitter has ever seen, do NOT choose the horse that has a wide back or wide shoulders (you want a nice medium treed horse), avoid those short backed horses (especially if you do best in an 18" saddle) ... as you can now see, it's really all about the horse you choose
- you might even be so daring as to choose the saddle YOU like first, & then just buy the horse that fits that saddle ... of course, if you follow this route, you will really want the horse to be physically mature & currently in work doing pretty much what you intend to do ... hmmmm the list is getting awfully short now unless budget is NOT a factor