|Enjoyed another wonderful trail ride this weekend and didn’t get lost this time. Yay!|
Unfortunately my two beloved Black Country Wexford saddles will be listed for sale as soon as I get pictures around and posts made. I hope they sell quickly and with minimal drama. I bought them both used at really good prices, so I should be able to move them along without taking a hit.
I’m super sad though. Even when Eeyore decided that he can’t possibly cross the exact same creek he crossed one week prior and heaven forbid he get his hooves wet so he launched over it like a complete moron, my butt stayed firmly and safely in my Wexford with no fear of being dislodged. Those saddles are so so awesome.
|I decided to take the red trail this time which also had a lot of re routing due t recent logging. It included this climb that I had never done before|
The saddle fits Eeyore perfectly too. It is an exact match for his back no kidding. I doubt I could order a custom made one to fit this well. Hamilton’s medium version is a darn good fit for him as well.
After being completely crippled all day Monday from my trail ride Sunday the light bulb went off. This saddle is KILLING my back.
Now...I don’t expect any jump saddle to be comfortable after 3 tough hours of climbing and twisting terrain. It’s not what it is meant for. The very idea of a jump saddle is to make getting up off the horses back easy and comfortable. So after last week’s 2 hour trail ride I wasn’t thinking much about how awful my back felt the rest of that day or the next. So what? I’m out of practice of long rides.
|The climb was worth the effort as it ended with a gorgeous view of Lake Hartwell and mountains|
Then I went out again this past weekend and could barely slide off his back due to a stabbing radiating pain from my lumbar spine and sacrum. As I drove home hoping the spasms would stop it dawned on me. Last summer when I was riding Eeyore 4 days a week for rehab, my back pain started. By the time September rolled around I was so debilitated in the saddle that I had to two point even in the walk and he dumped my butt in the dirt at my last lesson, September 2020. I did not however have any pain while riding the lovely Fenix during lessons with MD.
After that I stopped riding while I got my crap together and had surgery. I actually didn’t ride at all from beginning of September through January. Lo and behold I had no back spasm pain that entire time but I chalked it up to the surgery.
|It is a tough loop with a lot of single track climbs and twisting trails. This is my favorite type of trail and I did miss all the trotting I used to do here on Gem. Eeyore will get there eventually too.|
In January I returned to riding but only snuck in 2 rides a week both generally 30 minutes or so. At first everything was fine but then I started having the same back pain: mostly muscle spasms along both sides of my lumbar and into my sacral spine. The more time went by the more pronounced it became and finally started to linger the day after my lesson.
I quit lessons a month or so ago for other reasons and started to ride less as well as I figure out some things and my back has felt amazing. Then the two trail rides and it finally hit me: this saddle is killing my lower back. I don’t know why because in all other regards it is super comfy but it has got to go.
So I’m on the hunt now for another saddle for Eeyore. Hamilton is going to wait as he is off to the trainers in two weeks (a story I’ll share on its own once he has left for KY) for the summer so won’t need a saddle at home until late August when he returns. regardless of the jump saddle situation I will be getting a western based saddle of some sort for trails. I'm hoping to find another one of Gem's type endurance saddles.
I still want a jump saddle though so I’ll be hunting something. I’m absolutely clueless as to what to look for at this point. I know what doesn’t work for me from past attempts, so at least I can rule Stubben, Custom, Bates and Prestige out. I really, really, really want a CWD but that’s not in my budget unless I can sell these for a high enough price. We shall see.
Anyone have any good suggestions on where to begin? It has to fit a very wide, flat backed horse with big shoulders. I’m open for any and all suggestions. Dusty has suggested that it isn't the saddle and is instead the horse and that I would make a lot more money selling the horse versus the saddle, but I'm pretty partial to the Big Orange Butthead even when he is being Super Butthead.