Earlier in the week she was down in Wellington fitting the British Olympic Team horses. She treats every horse the same. Our horses got just the same attention to detail as the olympic horses. I am very fortunate a friend recommended her to me.
Remember I had a minor anxiety attack when I realized Klein's saddles seemed like they were getting a bit wide for her? The saddle fitter told me my only problem was that they needed more flock added. I asked her if either one of them needed to go down a tree size and she said absolutely not. Reflock and we're good. She has a machine that she can adjust the trees with if they needed to go down or up too. She told me Duetts can be adjusted up or down one tree size. They both were lacking in the flock department up front, so I was sinking forward. She looked at my jumping saddle and said "Um, yeah...you kind of have a pancake here." I was pretty relieved to hear that. I do like my saddles, but I have no desire to go saddle shopping if I don't have to. A new saddle sounds like all fun and games until the shopping actually begins, then it gets painful!
Adding flock to Klein's dressage saddle.
She also recommended a Mattes correction half pad for Klein. She doesn't sell or rep for Mattes. She actually recommended a specific Thinline half pad for my friend when she looked at her horse that day. She recommends what your horse needs. It just happened that Klein needed the $300 Mattes correction pad. Fine. She said the Mattes will last for a LONG time and it is totally worth the money for the durability. What the ponies need, the ponies get. Better than $4K on new saddles, right?
Klein's dressage saddle with the Mattes.
Klein baby was noticeably more stretchy in her trot after the saddle adjustment.
She took a look at Mochs' Isabell and at first was a little concerned that it might be a bit long for her back but then she asked if she was going well in it. I said she has been doing extremely well in it and does stretch down over her back. She said if she is going that well than she is fine but if anything ever changes to give her a call. She didn't need to adjust anything on the Isabell and said the red gullet is exactly what Moch should be in.
I'd say Moch approves.
Then I asked what brand/type of tree, etc... she would recommend for Mochi for a jumping saddle. She said "Where'd you put Klein's jumping saddle? Go get it." So I did, and we set it on her back.
Um....yyyyyeah...pretty funny when your Percheron's jumping saddle fits your POA.
It fits. It's ridiculous. The saddle fitter looked at the fit and said "Why do you need to buy another saddle? This works! I like it!" I just started laughing. *Sigh* oh Moch. She is such a little tank.
So, I ordered Mochs a breastcollar and a Total Saddle Fit Shoulder Relief Girth. We'll start back over fences next week.
Saddlefitting success overall. Properly fitting tack is priceless.