Three people said I could try out their Passier saddles: Barbara, Bridget, and Betsy. I decided to try all three on the same day.
I tried Barbara’s old Nicole first. The first thing I noticed was that it was a very hard seat. The second thing I noticed was that I liked how my seat bones contacted the saddle. I also liked that my legs were next to PJ’s sides like how the off-set stirrups put my legs but I was using normal stirrups. I’m not 100% sure it’s the saddle; it could just be that the offset stirrups have changed how I use my legs, but I think it was the saddle. I walked and trotted to get the general feel for the saddle. I wasn’t thrilled with it but it did make me realize that I DON’T like my saddle.
Once I was satisfied that I had a good idea about that saddle, I put Bridget’s on. I’m not sure what model but it was different than Barbara’s. I dragged PJ back to the ring, something he was less than thrilled with. It had a softer seat. Again, I just walked and trotted him around to figure it out, trying to check myself in the mirror to see my position. It didn’t do that much for me.
I didn’t know the model of the third Passier, either. At the walk I thought I liked it because it felt like I could push with my core but then I trotted. Immediately I fell on the back of my seat bones into a chair seat. I didn’t like it.
So, my general conclusions are that I want a new saddle but not a Passier. I’m going to check with other people in the barn to see if I can try their saddles before heading to the local tack store.