I drifted off to sleep last night dreaming of a 24” off side saddle… and that if such a gem were to surface, I would have the cash sitting around to purchase it’s rareness. Ha! Don't be fooled! If I found it, I’d charge it! In a heartbeat.
I also drifted off with these elusive questions rattling about in my head…
Would half an inch of seat even make a difference?
When I save the thousand plus dollars difference between these scarce 23” saddles and my own 22.5” will it be worth it? Should I give up on the old masters and buy a less expensive 23" Elan to try?
Why do they use the word “generous” when describing a piddling 13” wide seat? Are they trying to be insulting?
Does the flatness of the seat make a difference?
Will I just have to sit in it to find out?
Why does it have to be my right knee that hurts all the time? Couldn’t it be the left that just hangs there? Why is it aching now just thinking about it?
What if my seat bones fit my saddle just fine, but the size of my caboose will always make me look like a saddle measuring moron?
Why does it seem like I gain 10 pounds every time I have a birthday with a zero in it? And if that is really true, why do I weigh less now than when I graduated college?
How can I gain back a whole pound by adding 3 ounces of salad dressing and a chick pea to my usual salad? OK, it was more than one. Chick pea that is.
Is it possible I am getting taller?
What if I were truly tall and fat instead of tallish and plumpish? Would I never be able to ride aside? Where are the tall side saddle riders? Are they hoarding the larger saddles?
Was it some cruel twist of fate which made the bathroom scale crack?
Yes, I broke the bathroom scale! My husband just shakes his head and says “I can’t believe you cracked it.” Yeah, neither can I. The good news is it now reads consistently 10 pounds lighter. I haven’t had the heart to throw it out yet even though I know it’s not true.
I think I may have gained some insight on the old (1890 and earlier) standards of measurement which say I should fit into a 20" seat. Of course, my upright head is a modern shape, and so is impossible to measure this way for a comparison. But it makes much more sense now.
On a positive and progressive note, I’m working on my saddle pads.
Not that the dressage pads are really lacking in anything. I just love the shape of a side saddle. Don’t you?