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Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Color Opinions?

I'm trying to decide on a color for Henry's new saddle.  I was totally dead set on top right for a long time (for resale and ease of finding other matching equipment).  But then I saw Coach D's new horse wearing a reddish brown saddle, similar to the bottom left.... and it looked amazing.  Coach D's new horse is almost exactly the same color as Henry.




I'm curious to see the actual leather swatches on him too (which I will be doing at my appt on Jan 18). 








Thoughts?  :)











Saturday, 17 December 2016

No News is Good News

I haven’t posted since November 21 (!).  I have lots to update on but my mental faculties are severly lacking at the moment.  I recently started a new workout routine (every time I move everything hurts) and I’m working a ton of extra hours.  My brain can barely brain at this point.  


For more fun my phone had to have a factory reset and I hadn't backed it up since June 2015.  So thanks instagram for the media on this post!



Mystic <3





I will say that, in my case, no news is good news.  I’ll just give a bare bones update on each pony and myself, and hope to write actual proper posts about them soon.



Mystic has been back to her wonderful self on the trail (yippee!).  She had a follow-up chiro visit last weekend as she was starting to feel a bit crooked again.  I used a different chiro who agreed that she likely did have a very violent slip/fall as her hips really want to twist.  I suspect pony will need monthly visits for a least another month or two to keep her feeling good.   I'm so happy to have my perfect trail pony back.



ZOMG SO CUTE





Apollo has been a bit spicy under saddle but we’ve had a few lessons with Coach D to channel his energy into productive work, rather than leaping around.  We’ve been doing lots of lateral work and Coach D was pretty excited about the quality of Apollo’s lateral work (which makes me proud as I taught him that stuff!)  He has been really wonderful about standing at the mounting block for me and for that I am grateful as I still have some weird/nervous moments about it.


<3





Apollo and I actually had our first ever canter in the hay field two weeks ago.  I tend to mostly walk/trot outside on him as he gets a bit feisty.  I have cantered on the front lawn of the property a fair bit but in the hay field I typically just walk him.  I was feeling brave one day so he got to canter up the long sloping hill of the hay field.  He was very good and didn’t try to take off or do anything silly.  Old me would have been tense and full of fear - so I was surprised to find myself having a lot of fun galloping my big plow horse across an open field!  

I was also riding him bitless that day. #BAMF



Also made dad made me this rad saddle stand.  







Henry continues to be a complete rockstar!  He had his first lesson with Coach D two weeks ago.  She completely loves him.  When she arrived for my lesson I hopped on him in the bareback pad and then rode him across a tarp, she was like “Holy crap, I understand why you didn’t sell this horse to me.”  

He was a very good boy and we trotted a little course of poles.  I still need a lot of breaks from trot work but I don’t feel as bouncy.  I’m a little disappointed that I’m not better at/have more endurance for sitting trot but there is a substantial improvement.  I’m still riding him bareback but a new saddle is on the horizon….


Bundled pone <3





After multiple hours (maybe even days) online trying to find Henry a used saddle (from the list of suggestions the saddle fitter gave me) I have given up and decided to go custom.  So I’ve been working like a dog lately to buy Mr. Henry a fancy new saddle.   I just can’t seem to find anything that will work well for both of us that isn’t very expensive.  And honestly if I’m going to spend that much money, it might as well be custom for both of us.  

So on January 18th (my payday LOLZ) Henry and I will be fitted for our new Equipe saddle. 


Something like dis....





I am still working on an interim saddle (he is such a good boy but I am soooo sick of riding bareback).  I have my heart set on one particular used prestige dressage saddle (which looks brand new but is very fairly priced...I would even say it’s quite underpriced).  I am still waiting to hear back from the seller… cross your fingers for me!  

I’ve heard Equipe’s can take anywhere from three to six months to arrive and I do not have another six months of bareback riding in me.