I went out to the barn Monday afternoon to try the saddle again. I talked to Lee Ann and she suggested changing the stirrups from the endurance stirrups. I have another set that came with the other saddle. I got the saddle stand and put it on the wash rack and changed the stirrups. I tacked Biscuit up and mounted up. We rode around for a total of 40 minutes - 10 minutes just sitting there talking to a lady who brought cake money for me. We walked and jogged. He was a total patootie at times like he always is in the arena. We drilled a hole down to China at one point.
My foot NEVER went to sleep - and I was riding in my riding pants - not jeans. No seam problem - no foot problem.
I went out again today and Lee Ann P and Allison were out at the barn. Allison thought the saddle was a little snug at the withers as I do. Again I rode round and round - most at a jog, Biscuit being a total turd as he was yesterday but not as bad!!! I got off of him and the sweat marks are perfect. It was sprinkling when I got off and I tied him by the tack room and took the saddle off. I took the shim pad out of the Equipedic and put the saddle back on. Allison and I thought that fit better. I am going to get a pillow slip to put the pads in if I ever need them or want to sell the pad. Woot!!!
The fenders need to be softer but that will come with time and conditioning. I am sitting correctly for endurance riding in the saddle. It isn't a trail saddle and doesn't sit like a trail saddle. Barry asked why get one of those and I said that when I ride with The Lee Ann's that is what we are mostly doing - jogging or long trotting. I would one day like to do a 25 mile Limited Distance ride.
I will go ride him again tomorrow.