Aren't those safety stirrups neat? They were made for me by my very talented friend Tiffany Purdy.
This saddle sports a couple new-to-me features that aren't noticeable at first glance. The first of these innovations is shown here on the panels. I'm not sure this kind of added detail is necessary since you can't see it when the saddle is in use. Still, it didn't take very long and it makes me happy. I expect this will become standard on my future saddles.Phew--it fits! On to the bridle!
I also added a small knee roll to the front of the lower flap. I was worried this might make the upper flap bunch out and look messy, but those fears turned out to be groundless. I'll be repeating this experiment again, too.
Of course all the fancy features in the world don't mean a thing if the saddle doesn't fit. I always hold my breath a little bit as I get out a doll for the final fitting...