Dressage saddle checked out a-o-k. No work required. Hunt saddle, being new, required some flocking in the front. I took Harley out to test it post-stuff.
It was MUCH easier to sit upright in it, no leaning forward. I wish I could've ridden a bit harder, but there were a few competing issues..
- Horses galloping around in the pasture - "switching of the stalled/free horses" soon after I hopped on him. Harley stopped, and shook, scared of all the chaos. Also, two ponies lingered right outside the arena fence. I don't mean a couple fences away, either. Right outside the arena. WTH?
- Arena was on an angle along the short side. The long sides were "flat", but short sides were uphill/downhill. Harley, not used to such a slant, was definitely having to find some balance there.
- Footing left a bit to be desired. As I walked into the arena, I saw slipped hoof prints. Big'uns. Hmm... I felt him slide a bit on those angles at the trot, so I rode the canter on the "uphill" end. Didn't have much space to canter from that, as there was another saddle-tester hanging out on the long side.