I am a videographer in Portland, Oregon with a love for all things horses. Originally from Minnesota, my childhood was spent on racetracks across the Midwest. I am currently training my dream horse with hopes of excelling at dressage and Parelli. I have a Cairn Terrier, Ellie, and an old cat named Winston. I am fortunate to have a pretty nice boyfriend who understands and supports my love of horses. My blog helps keep a record of my successes and failures and helps friends and family enjoy the journey with me.
It is hard to saddle shop. There is so much to consider. I lucked out getting my dressage saddle. I managed to find it after testing about three and I was lucky to find a beautiful used one. I ended up with a Wintec Pro with Cair. Now I am looking at a new trail saddle. I have had Circle Y saddles my whole life, so I am a little partial. After talking with the folks at Double H down in Salem, I learned a lot of about the flex trees. Circle Y now has a new design called the "Flex 2." Which still has "give" but not prone to "spread" like the "Flex 1." That was the main complaints I was hearing about flex trees. I returned the used flex tree saddle I was trying out. It was so comfortable and beautiful, but I think it had spread, and that is why it sat so low on her withers. I am now pinching pennies and working on saving for a new saddle. I am really torn between the "Yuma" pictured above and the "Cactus Flower" pictured below. I kind of like the vintage look of the Cactus Flower. I love the tooling and the seat color. It also has a really cool vintage looking bridle to match. The Yuma just looks like the kind of saddle you will have forever and I also like the basket weave design. Which one do you like?