When Tess & I just started back into regular work, I booked an online session with Jen the Saddle Geek. And she told me, "get a refund and come back in ~6 months". So I took her advice and did.
I picked up the Sommer, and it was a decent fit until it wasn't. Since I know the the saddle has an expiration date after the latest adjustment, and eventually it won't be an awesome fit for Tess, I went ahead and sent Jen some new pics, and asked for her advice.
What Tess needs:
Adjustable Tree (WIDE)
What I need:
Smaller/triangle knee rolls
Larger than 17in. Kieffer seat :)
Close Contact (my preference)
What Jen suggested:
A Sommer Diplomat
|The trick will be finding one in my budget! and gotta watch cause each one can be customized and might be different!|
|for something the the "neighborhood" of a Sommer|
Stubben Genesis XW tree
|I could demo this on a free trial thru Smartpak...|
|One of the few Italian brands wide enough....|
and cause I have a soft spot for brown tack, A Southern Stars Dressage Saddle
I can't recommend Jen enough - she gave me links to some killer deals and options, and her video was crazy informative.
|She discussed all that was wrong saddle-wise in this photo|
|And I could see her recommended improvements in the newly adjusted Sommer.|
Now, when Tesla starts to grow out of this one again, I feel that I have the tools now to hunt down my unicorn saddle.