I decided to ride in his S-hack and one of his new rope halters made to fit that head of his! I like how the halter now stays where it should behind his jaw. He gave me some of the head tossing nose flips as he would with a bit, and the lip flapping he does when annoyed, but took well to it again in the round pen (been a while since we used it!) and then we walked up and down the driveway a few times.
|Chilling with the BOT pad before riding|
I love the Ghost - very comfy saddle and the panels do adjust well for fitting his shoulders. I am now just trying to find the right pad combo (including cinch) for both of us to keep it from rolling on him or scooting around due to lack of wither! I have a cool pressure pad to try out and I plan to soon to see how this all checks out for him and try different combos with and without inserts in the pad. Then when I add the Dixie Midnight pad back under I know it won't scoot around as much... If the matrix stays our main pad, I think we will have to go down in thickness from the ortho-impact for him. I've got the SPH to try out too when it arrives (only a few more weeks we hope) and might try out a few others from friends again.
I do still want to find a treed saddle - I think it will help get us through some of the current issues we are working on as a tree should feel more secure with less movement on him - I can sit spinning spooks and bucks in the Ghost, but that seriously fast movement does move the saddle and force a re-adjustment after. On that note, I had Crest Ridge Saddlery come out to do a fitting for him on her route through VA - with many trees to check fit on him and just as many saddles for me to sit in find my seat size and preferred style, it was worth a very reasonable fee for gas to do! Of course she commented on how overweight he is at the moment, but his shoulder angle won't change once that weight it removed. And guess what he fitted to be - EWX = Their Draft bar/angle. It did fit his shoulder profile nicely which has been a struggle in every treed saddle I've tried on him. Turns out my different attempts at doing wither tracings and not believing the measurements I was seeing were actually right! So I have a few saddles I'm searching for a steal of a price to have as our back-up saddle in the right size tree and short back... Either that or I need an unexpected bonus/money tree so I can buy a new one made for him! 😉 🙏
Hoping to ride a bit further this weekend than the driveway with Jen & Ruby!