The saddle fitter was also slated to be in the area the week of my grant, but alas, it was after I headed back home. No matter. She hadn't seen my Fairfax since I bought it from overseas last spring
, so I was eager to get her eyes on it. Ruby has been working fine in it, and Mary "virtually" inspected it up on arrival, but a lot can change in almost a year!
|The saddle fitter has actually reduced her clientele and taken a full time job with Takt, but she still comes to my trainer's barn - lucky me!|
|I did still drool over some of the Takt saddles she showed up with though lol. |
|"Jesus weren't we JUST here??"|
- Ruby, I'm sure, lol
Ultimately the fit was still pretty good, but Ruby has put on some muscle since last year - she had been in the medium wide gullet (the Fairfax is adjustable using the K&M plates, bless), and it was starting to pinch her shoulders a smidge. The wide was maybe just a teeny bit TOO wide, but it gave her some room to keep growing that topline, so I'll keep using it with a half pad until the next time we see the fitter (or until Ruby expresses opinions about it haha.
|Most of the barn rides in Customs and the fitter praised my Fairfax for being infinitely easier to adjust lol. Although a bit scary to watch her disassemble it! |
|We're friends on social media and she knows DH is fairly mechanically inclined, and she warned me to never let him screw in the plates and overtighten them - don't worry, I'm never letting him touch this saddle 🤣🤣|
|I didn't get a picture but I also had her cut off the middle billet - I use the front and back ones and I'm tired of the middle one just flapping around! |
After she swapped out the gullet plates, it felt good, but not quite perfect. She watched me ride for a bit, then took it to her work station to add a little more flocking on the right. Voila! Riding on it after that felt AMAZING!
|You'd think Penny was the one having a rough day lol.|
I'm glad I was able to get up there and see her! DH grumbled a bit but the analogy the fitter used that I related back to him was it's like doing routine maintenance on a car - and we all know he won't let any of our vehicles miss an oil change, haha.
(Also secretly hoping now that it's wider I might be able to get away with using it on Ruby's momma too!)
I hope it fits Ruby's mom too. I do love a productive saddle fit session.ReplyDelete
I'm hoping to toss it on her this weekend just to see! 🤞Delete
Always a successful saddle fit visit when you get to keep using your saddle! Lol!ReplyDelete
Yeahhhhh a new saddle is definitely not in the budget (just like it wasn't last year 🤣🤣) so very happy we could continue to make this one work!Delete