I keep doing the same thing, expecting a different result. I'm insane. In this case I'm saddle shopping and I keep thinking it's going to go smoothly. HA.
After my struggles with Smartpak and coming to the realization that my hard to fit horse needed more models to pick from, I branched out and started looking at other dealers of western saddles. I stumbled onto horsesaddleshop.com. Since I'm specifically looking at Circle Y saddles, they're an obvious pick since they have hundreds of saddles. And a ten day demo program!
They also have an option to email back and forth with a non-brand specific saddle person to help you pick out a saddle. Their reviews are excellent and I found their expert to be very responsive.
This beauty is ordered and on it's way to me.
We're going to try a wide and see if that works for mi papi's shoulders. He's a tricky fit with his beastly shoulders and high withers, so fingers crossed. If it doesn't? Back into the mail and we send out the gaited version that may better suit his short back, giganto shoulders, and high withers. The nice part is that they have all of these models in stock and ready to go. The expert thinks this saddle with a cut back pad has a good chance of working for him. I think it's pretty, that's all I've got for a contribution.
Since it looks like my transmission survived the incident and I only need the cooler replaced, I still get to buy pretty things. I really need a source of motivation now that the snow is starting to fly. Buying tack = motivation, right?
And I get to buy a matching bridle! And colorful saddle pads! And a breast collar! I don't need a breast collar but come on, if I'm going to dress him up, I might as well go all the way. My outfit is still a complete mystery to me. Helmet, obviously, but the rest? I dunno. There's a lot of spandex and rhinestones out there and I'm . . . not as svelte as I used to be. Hm.