Fall is coming in fast in Colorado, finally! With the weather cooling off it's been so great being able to pull out my sweaters. Who else adores fall time?
On Saturday, I had the best experience getting DaVinci fitted with a new saddle. I previously had a Trilogy Verago that I purchased used when I first got him as a 4 year old. It was something that fit him pretty good and gave him some room to grow. It was a little big in the seat for me but fit my leg just fine so I was able to make it work.
Now that DaVinci is 5 1/2 years old, has put on a lot more muscle along his back, and hasn't had big growth spurts recently; I decided it was time to invest in my final saddle for him.
This is where Bev at The Tack Collection comes in to save the day with her expertise and thoroughness!
The process started two weeks prior when I went to her shop to sit in a bunch of saddles to figure out which ones fit me and were comfortable. We had about 6 of my top choices that she also felt would fit him as well.
Saturday was DaVinci's turn to try out some saddles! First, she took measurements of his back so that we could have a baseline and keep track of his back shape (she will come out every 6 months to do a follow up).
She placed each one on his back to check the fit and we had our top 4 that I would actually ride in.
It became very clear pretty quickly after I sat in the Prestige Helena, that it was the winner. It was the 3rd saddle and the obvious choice. I felt so secure in it and DaVinci moved so beautifully with it as well. I still tried out the 4th saddle to be sure but the Helena blew the others out of the water!
Anyone in the Colorado area should definitely contact Bev at the Tack Collection for all their saddle fitting needs.
Qualified Saddle Fitter
Society of Master Saddlers U.K
The Tack Collection
P.O. Box 922
Lafayette, CO 80026