Well, there is just a mind-boggling array of tack to do with endurance...this i discovered on day one of my research into 'how expensive is taking up this new sport going to be'.....a piece of research that i keep far, far away from my hubby....in the garage next to the treadmill with all the 'horsy stuff.' Ha! Merlin has a well-fitting saddle, but i wanted a few new things...so....i have a new Libby's endurance bridle and reins which i love. Interesting point though, Merlin is 15.3hh with a big head (sorry Merl, but its true) so i ordered full size. Its on its last holes so the bridles come up big, i think i could have got a cob size and it would have adjusted enough. My chosen colour scheme is 'creme caramel' i would have lioked bright yellow, as i think it would have looked striking on a palomino, but it has proved quite difficult to find tack and equipment in stock in this colour. In hindsight, i am rather glad as this colour suits him well and is not quite so striking, a point i may well be grateful for in our first few outings!
I also remembered just before Christmas that i had bought a Torsion Treeless saddle for a highland pony years ago that was now being used sporadically by my mum for her cob. Great idea!!! Everyone in endurance seems to rave about treeless saddles, they must be great! Cue a trip back to Essex from Hampshire/Wilts to get it (and visit mum of course), and i have been using it with Merlin these last few weeks with a Zilco endurance breastplate (these saddles i have always found to slip). It IS comfortable, there is no doubt. But over the last few weeks i have noticed a subtle change in Merlin's way of going, he is tetchy being girthed and reluctant to go downhill, even to the point of napping out on our own the other day, something he never does. I am convinced it is the saddle, jsut seems too much of a coincidence to me. I have read and read reviews of different saddle and there are just so many arguments for and against treeless its mind boggling. I have, for now, decided to just go back to our old GP saddle that we have never had any trouble with, add the breasplate for any major hillwork and see where we go this season.