Could the stars align just for a few weeks? Heck, even a few days? That's not asking too much, is it?
I went to the barn every excited to try out the dressage saddle idea. Both the BO and a fellow boarder had offered up their saddles so I had about 4 to choose from.
When I got Lilly from the pasture, she walked up to me with a flopping left boot. At first glance, the boot looked completely trashed and my heart sank. It was still on, but her hoof was sticking out and it looked like she had ripped a hole in it. When I took it off and walked her into the barn to get a closer look, it didn't look quite so bad... it was all mushed down and mangled looking, but nothing was ripped and I was able to put it back on. I was temporarily very excited.
I tried on 2 saddles before finally deciding on one of the boarder's dressage saddles. It fit the best, I think. I have zero experience with dressage saddles, but it looked less narrow than the others. Here's my cute dressage pony:
|Dressage pony for the win!|
I've never sat in a dressage saddle, so it felt a little strange to me. It was really comfortable, but it felt almost western-y. The high pommel and cantle made it feel a lot different than my hunt seat saddle, although my legs felt really good.
I ended up riding for about 20 minutes and Lilly was doing great! No head shaking or signs of discomfort, even while we were trotting. I had to do a sitting trot for most of the ride, though, because it just felt funny to post... it felt like I really couldn't get my butt up out of the saddle enough to make it worth my while, so I gave up trying.
We were having a great time until I heard this hollow flop sound and Lilly started limping... I looked down and there was my boot, barely hanging on. I got off, removed the boot and looked more closely at the Velcro, only to find nearly all of the loops ripped open. So the Velcro is pretty much shot and the boot is a goner. :(
I just got done telling everyone how much I love those boots... now I hate them. I don't know if I should get her another one to replace this one or try a different style. They're probably not meant to be worn 24 hours a day, but I don't have much choice.
I'm just trying to ride my horse... sometimes I can't because my saddle makes her angry. Sometimes I can't because she's hurt for one reason or another. Sometimes I can't because she doesn't have boots. The list goes on and on. I JUST WANT TO RIDE!