|Meridian Saddle #729|
These saddles aren't seen often anymore. Built to last, with the nice deep seat. Easy to rope & tie, they did the job & kept on doing it. For me though - using it for endurance - was a struggle. 35 lbs. doesn't sound like much - until you try hoisting it up onto the back of a 15.2H mare! At just an inch over five feet, with a short upper body etc., the horn, though low profile, was always in my way. I broke many a fingernail on it when Khari would give those short, quick spooks that Arabs are infamous for :-)
On the plus side, this saddle has saved my hide more than once! Dropping into those deep, silty pools of water a few weeks ago - I used one hand & did a slight balance on the horn to keep me steady. Another time - when Khari slipped in mud & was going down sideways - I was going into a large tree just a foot off her shoulder. Since I stay so well put - she was able to do what she does so well - RECOVER! Much easier for a horse when the rider isn't flopping around or coming off.
I've had my saddle - built off this design - returned from where I had it for sale & have tried it once on Farah - who's back is a little wider than Khari's. When I pulled it off, she had dry spots on her shoulders. Today - I remembered the custom shims I had made for it & will try those next. Hopeful that will work - because otherwise - it's darn hard to find a saddle with a seat like this. One that fits the horse & is light enough for me to handle. Besides, by the time Farah is really fit - in a year or two - her back will have probably changed again & I might not need the shims! :-)
Looking forward to more miles & sure enjoyed being back in my nice seat.