My throat is all swollen and I feel like rubbish at the moment so there was no riding for me this week. I hope I'm feeling better for Saturday as the saddler is coming out in the afternoon to reflock both my side saddles. Rain is also predicted so it's not going to be fun standing outside in it with a stinking cold and swollen throat, trying to dodge Hattie's teeth while I do up the girth!!
My right hip isn't doing so well this week either. I don't know if it's the lack of riding over the past week or the arthritis getting worse but I was laying down yesterday reading and my hip locked up. It was VERY painful so I had to flip over onto my other side to unlock it. It was like it grinded and locked up. Sigh...not good new since most side saddles are made for sitting onn your right hip and mine has been aching all day from being locked yesterday.
I think I may have to think seriously about saving up and maybe selling my current off-side side saddle and getting a bigger seated one made for me. It's so annoying as my current off-side side saddle fits Hattie perfectly, like it was made for her and she is happy in it. It's just my huge butt that is too big for it. I could do with it being a little wider in the seat and 1/2"- 1" longer. The only way I'm going to fit into it, is if I lose 40lbs- 50lbs. That should shave enough off of my butt to ride more comfortably in it.
So the choice is, save up a mega amount of money and have to sell my off-side saddle which fits Hattie's weird hard-to-fit conformation perfectly OR lose 40lbs- 50lbs and keep my off-side saddle which fits Hattie's weird hard-to-fit conformation perfectly!!
Pros: Get to keep saddle which fits Hattie perfectly, save money on not having to buy a new saddle, save money not buying chocolate and chips, look great, not so much weight on hip.
Cons: Not being able to eat chocolate, having to buy a new habit as old one will be too big so will have to fork out £££ on a new one.
While I ponder these intricacies, have a look at this funkified side saddle I found while on the net...
It's a Champion & Wilton side saddle which was sold at one of those auction drop off shops you see popping up here and there.
It looks to be in pretty good condition, the pigskin seat looks virtually new...
Whoever had it before, had some sort of suede seat cover made for it and you can see that there is a leather queen on the fixed pommel to pad it out a bit.
Bizarrely, they added bright ROYAL BLUE velvet? wool? to the panels!!! LOL, WHAT were they thinking?? Someone out there must like blue as it sold for $900.01!