THIS IS NOT A DRILL!!! My Voltaire saddle has finally arrived!
My Voltaire Palm Beach saddle arrived yesterday. My hubby sent me pics of the box while I was at work, and I considered asking my boss if I could leave early. Only sort of joking. I was THAT excited. This may be the only time in my life that I get a brand new saddle (hello 30th birthday present, thanks hubby!!!), so the anticipation and excitement was almost literally killing me. Almost. I may have had a tiny panic attack on Sunday when the FedEx tracking said there was a clearance delay in customs. Thankfully, my rep is awesome and she called the US Voltaire office first thing on Monday morning, and by the early afternoon they had it all sorta out and it only delayed delivery by 1 day.
I counted the minutes until I could race home to open it up. I was hoping and praying that the saddle would be what I ordered. You always hear those horror stories about semi-custom saddles coming in and NOT being what was actually ordered (i.e. different flap config, different panels, etc). I also read somewhere about someone’s saddle plate having their name misspelled. THE HORROR! (only kind of kidding). I was going to be mega disappointed if there was some kind of mix up and I had to send it back. At 4 pm I basically ran out of the hospital and sped home, even shaving 2 minutes off of my commute, which is impressive when you realize my commute is only 15 minutes.
Once home, I obviously had to document the opening process:
Next step was to head to the barn and try it on Rio. Everything looked good so far, but obviously the real test was yet to come. I am by no means expert on saddle fit, so it will still need a thorough checking over by those more experienced then I, but I was pleased with my initial assessment!
So far- ALL IS WELL! I am very happy with everything right now. Do I know if it is a perfect fit for Rio and I? Not yet. I have 3 months to get a feel for it, and request any changes as necessary. I obviously cannot tell from one ride, but I like what I feel right now. Leather still needs breaking in obviously, but the balance felt really good. The sitting trot is SO EASY in this saddle. I had to ride in a crowded indoor arena (thanks Texas for the monsoon) so what we did was a bit limited, and definitely no jumping, butttt so far so good!
Basically, I am currently living in saddle nirvana with my Voltaire saddle and considering sleeping with “My Precious”. #VoltairefortheWin