Saturday, February 9, 2013
Well, That Was Quick
So much for a long, drawn out expedition to figure out what the heck is bothering my horse.
Today I decided to switch saddles. I happen to have another Kent and Masters saddle in my tack room I got for a screamin' deal. Its an 18" Original Cob. I bought it with the intent of using it on another horse, but that guy's a long way off from needing it.
So I plopped it on Ben, and it looked pretty level - more level than our current saddle. So I girthed him up and off we went into the arena to try it out.
It took me some getting used to - my whiny hips have become so accustomed to the narrow twist of my KM S-series dressage. But you know, it wasn't all that bad. It felt a bit bulky under my thighs, but I got pretty used to it. I think if I also swap out the thigh blocks for smaller ones and angle them, I'll be pretty good to go.
The good news is- Ben's canter improved immensely with the swap in saddles. While not perfect, it was definitely better. There was no tooth grinding, either.
Our saddle has an appt on March 7th for some TLC - so I hope an adjustment in the flocking, and perhaps a swap in gullet size is all we need on that front. If not, we'll see if this Cob can't be made to work either, though I definitely prefer my S-series.
I now have some options to play with between now and then. We'll see if the canter keeps improving with the change, or if I just got lucky today...