This afternoon Brett loaded Flash in the trailer and took him out to meet with a saddle fitter in Temecula. They had a lovely drive through the wine country before pulling into an impressive horse facility. Brett thinks it must focus on jumping because there was a gorgeous statue of a horse jumping the fence (maybe it was Winston?) into the bushes.
The good news is that the western saddle fits Flash "like a glove." We still have a mystery around why his back is so sore but the saddle fitter offered some thoughts. Because both times Flash was sore were after exceptionally hard/steep/long trail rides, he could simply be suffering from muscle soreness. Flash also just recently started lifting his back and working through his body in his dressage work. He has kind of shuffled through life up 'till now and now he is having to work muscles he never did before. The fitter suggested that Brett use his dressage saddle for the next tough trail ride and see if the same soreness occurs.
Me? I had a very long day at work, with a very long meeting in downtown Los Angeles (ugh) and then errands and picking up my son who is home from college on spring break. Oh, and trying to figure out how the heck to use my new iPhone. I like it... I think.