It's taken me a year to get my gear set up in a way that his highness, Apollo, approves of - so I should be celebrating it!
Post-ride saddle setup (girth was loosened so everything shifted back a bit!)
Sensation Treeless Saddle (I believe it's the hybrid trail model, it's a few years old) I think it's hideous and I hate riding it in. But Apollo clearly loves it. He's noticeably more forward and willing in his saddle. I may have mistakenly called it a "Barefoot Saddle" earlier in my blog, oops.
There is also a fuzzy equalizer pad that goes underneath the saddle. They came together when I bought the saddle and seem to work well together. I couldn't find the brand on it but it's similar to the Skito Equalizer Saddle Pads.
Back on Track Dressage Saddle Pad It helps keep the fuzzy equalizer pad clean and I hope that it helps warming his back up and keeping him loose. I'm really impressed with the quality of these pads so far.
Total Saddle Fit Shoulder Relief Girth These are the only girths I will buy from now on. The leather is lovely and buttery. My horse has huge shoulders and I notice a difference in his level of comfort between the TSR girth and the girth the saddle came with. This is a bandwagon trend that is actually amazing!
I'm currently rocking a strange hybrid between the used (brand unknown) "pumpkin" bridle and an Anky bridle that I bought 8 years ago. Part of my Anky bridle went missing in my last barn move so I've combined the parts I like into a frankenbridle. The pumpkin bridle came with huge rubber reins so I'm using those for now.
I also ride in my sidepull occassionally, I purchased mine from Josh Nichol. I have simple black braided reins that I use with it.
When I'm using a bit I use a Happy Mouth loose ring mullen mouth bit (which is 6"). I had to borrow my instructor's bridle once and he loved her bit. We have stuck with it ever since. He strangely seems to respect it more than a snaffle.
We have sort of a strange mishmash of a setup happening right now...but my horse is happy so I won't look at it for too long. :)
Here is a link to the original Hand Gallop post, I'm too slow for the linkz code!