We covered eighteen miles without a break today riding the Crestridge saddle. (More on that later) We also booted for the first time this year, and that went great! She as usual showed no interest in water until about mile fifteen (a three mile improvement). We did three loops, A loop out, A loop back, and then swung onto B. We made very good time on B (38 minutes). Once back to the trailer she nibbled at her feed ration (Funder it is Hubbard Feeds Life Phase / Performance). She mostly just wanted to stand still and google at the goings on at the day parking area. We are having limited success with the home-made version of Horse Quencher. But yes, she does like the real deal in the apple flavor, a lot. Of course I'm out of it now. We have a pack of root beer flavored, for some reason I can't imagine that appealing to a horse, but it must, or they wouldn't make it.
We think we've figured out a fix for the first two problems with the Euro. Half chaps/ fleece covers should deal with my leg chafing. The rivet problem should also be resolved with the covers + LSEGH gently hammered down the offending rivet so it is nice and smooth now. BUT WE HAVE A MUCH BIGGER PROBLEM. Men please poke your fingers in your ears, cover your eyes and sing La la la, la la laaaaaaaaaaaah, and skip over this part. I rode the Euro two hours yesterday, mostly slow, and felt like I couldn't get "the tender parts if you know what I mean" off the darned rise, it just felt like it was constantly rubbing. I was so sore last night that I was honestly thinking I'd need an ice pack, felt like a rug burn, where you don't EVER EVER EVER want a rug burn. Mostly on the left, but a little on the right. LSEGH got out the two saddles and a measuring tape trying to figure out where the differences lie. The seats are the same seat area (10 inches or so on the inside) 15 inch full measurement seats. He looked at the rise on my Crestridge which I'm very comfortable in, and there just isn't that much difference. I would not call my Euro a flat seat though if I were describing it. I wondered if they built it on the trail tree due to how wide she is? I wrote the owner of Specialized to see if he had any ideas on a fix. More troubling when you feel the seat you can feel two seams of some sort standing up under the fleece. On the right it is nearer the crease of my leg, but on the left...guess where? RIGHT UNDER THE MISERABLE TENDER PARTS. So would a leather seat fix this? If so....Aarene...shoot me a price on your used one. My man is taking the seat off today to see what if anything can be done without altering the integrety of anything to eliminate that seam, crease, or whatever it is ! I hope we can figure it out and fix it. I love the Crestridge it fits me great, but it would be so nice to handle the lighter saddle, and ten pounds off her back is ten pounds less for her to haul up each and every hill. The Euro is just BEAUTIFUL and I literally bawled on myself for a moment this morning, and then said to heck with it and rode my horse instead. (Funder, you be good and I will not draw a cartoon of me sprawled out with a ice pack on my...).
"All I want is a good nights sleep."