Updated: Jan 15
- The Oakley saddle size medium
- rider is myself (approximately 5'2 and 140 lbs)
- horse is Champ (he is significantly asymmetrical, right side lower than his left due to an old injury)
- Walk, trot, canter, and some lateral work for approximately 30 minutes.
- EDIX merino roundskirt 8 pocket pad in the appropriate size for the saddle
- felt full length inlays and felt shims for Champ's asymmetry (same shim set up as he uses in a Tiamo or Tequiro, his usual saddles)
- The top of the picture is front of the saddle, left panel is left side of saddle, right panel is right side of saddle.
This is a pretty impressive performance by a treeless saddle system for an asymmetrical horse with an adult rider.
Good spinal clearance and pretty amazing weight distribution on the left. If this were going to be Champ's usual set up, we'd definitely problem solve the right side a little bit more. He was shimmed as he would be in the Tiamo or Tequiro, his usual saddles for lessons. Because the Oakley is more rigid and structured, I think it bridged a bit more behind his scapula than the softer Tiamo and Tequiro.
More impression pad test results to come! Next will be a non-EDIX saddle. Then I plan to share the Tequiro results with myself as the rider on Uno for a more direct comparison to the Ghost. Stay tuned
I am using Christina Cross' impression pads. You can find them at https://www.facebook.com/CassySadddleImpressionPads/