Here it is – in all its shining newness – a Stubben Roxanne VSS general purpose saddle.
It has a 17.5″ seat, and is 31cm width: the seat is deep which allows for Ben’s short back, there is a lot of wither clearance and good room for shoulder movement. It is on Ben without any saddlecloth as Stubben advise that the first 20 hours riding should be like that so that the sweat from Ben’s back will help the saddle soften and mould to his shape.
When I was thinking about choosing a saddle, I remembered that there is a Stubben factory here, fairly nearby. I contacted them and two ladies came out in a van with a quite delectable array of saddlery inside. We tried on various saddles, typically the saddles that had a reduced price were not the best for Ben, but this one was. I trotted Ben around the track and popped him over a couple of small jumps that my eldest daughter has put up. Ben moved freely, was forward going, the saddle felt very comfortable and secure and, unlike the treeless saddle, I had my lower legs back again.
So this is it, and this is Ben, ready for our ride yesterday morning. Ben thought I took too long putting on my riding hat. He started to go towards the gate, stopped and looked back as if to say “coming?”
I could wish for more interesting rides around here. We have a lane and roads, the most exciting moment was splashing into a small stream. The ride included a catch-up with some neighbours, plenty of cows and the odd car.