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.
I have been saddle shopping for some time. I tested quite a few Circle Y flex trees and they just didn't seem to work. I finally bought a Flex Curve and measured Maddy's back and sent the tracing to a saddle expert in Missouri. Apparently I have a hard to fit horse. She is very steep and narrow and I will be very limited in my saddle choices. I have been advised that a flex panel saddle is the only type of saddle that will work on her back. So I started looking and there is not a lot to choose from. There seems to be about four companies, Ortho Flex, Amera Flex, Timberline, and RL Watson. They are pretty spending, ranging from $1500 to $5000. The distributors for all companies are few and far between. Fortunately most have demo programs, which I will take advantage of before I buy. I am busy reading and looking and hopefully I will find my endurance saddle by the end of summer. I have a feeling this is going to be a lengthy process.