While I've been keeping my consignment hunt relatively confined to the particular saddle I think I want, a few hours on an airplane led to less focused search and some serious oogling of what can only be considered saddle pornography.
Bliss of London has been making irregular appearances in my horsey life. I've seen a few saddles out at shows and heard a few trainers and fellow riders reference the saddlery, but I've never sat in one, felt one, or done anything more than snoop (stalk) around on their site. Their site might be more indicative of a new Vegas club than a typical saddlery, but it sure is pretty...
|Exactly what I (and my barn) look like in early morning light...|
Usually aggressive design sings to me, but they have a few flap designs that send me right back to my traditional roots. However, aside from a few styling misteps, the Tack Ho in me considers their attention to detail, absurd options and unique styling refreshing.
|Dislike. looks like the saddle got scalped.|
|Like. Subtle but detailed.|
To me, the price tag must be moderately based on the aesthetics of the brand, but I'm curious to meet someone who actually owns one of these things and find out if it's more than just a really pretty piece of tack (or should I say horse jewelry?)
|It's like they deconstructed a Chanel handbag for that gullet...|
Please tell me someone out there has sat in one and hated it so I can stop thinking about what color my quilted saddle gullet would be...