Galahad has needed a new saddle for a while now. My original saddle no longer fitted him after a year of riding had bulked him out a bit so for the past eight months I have been riding in a borrowed saddle which wasn’t ideal. The main reason for my delay in buying a new one was that I really love leather saddles but it has become obvious that we really need an adjustable one. A leather adjustable seemed out of my price range but I was a bit reluctant to commit to a synthetic.
However, I finally visited our local saddler just after new year to book a fitting – I did really need the saddle after all. The saddle he recommended comes in leather or synthetic and although the leather was a bit more than I had been hoping to pay it was less than I had imagined it might be and I knew I would regret it if I didn’t take it.
We had our fitting this week and although Galahad rolled his eyes at the saddler he behaved very well. He only shied once (whipping right round when I was riding) and was even happy to have the saddle prodded and adjusted when I was on board.
I have ridden in it twice now and I love it already. It is wonderful to be back in a leather saddle again. It is beautiful, very comfortable and it creaks! Such a lovely sound.