|Dusty modeling her new saddle|
|I opted for 5 billets because it offers more stability on broad backed horses|
I tried it out on Thursday, for a quick walk around and an unauthorized trot. I’m sure she was just so excited to have a new saddle she couldn’t control herself. Color me surprised that I didn’t hit the ground, as I was time-pressed and rode in jeans, having only planned on a walk to see how it felt and fit me.
Saturday we did manage a nice ride with some walk and trot circles. It has been two months since I rode Dusty and she was slightly excitable but listening well. Personally, I think she and the rest of the herd are so bored out of their minds with this weather she was eager to do some work. We didn’t do much since neither one of us is in shape and she will have to be built back up slowly. It’s no sense overworking her and risking an injury, so slow and steady wins the race.
The longer process will be getting this new saddle broken in. I’d forgotten how slippery new leather could be. I’ve conditioned it twice now but it’s got miles to go before it breaks in. I’m impressed with how comfortable it is even in this stiff condition and how light in weight it is compared to my Albion. Don’t get me wrong, I love our Albion saddles and have ridden in them for years but they do weigh a ton. Time will tell how the Black Country holds up to them. They do come with a ten-year guarantee.
It seems we’re in for some warmer weather this week and I can only hope spring isn’t far behind. How nice it will be to see some color instead of living in a white and gray world. Hope we all start getting in some riding.
Until next timeWhen you are on a great horse, you have the best seat you will ever have.
Quote for Today
Quote for Today
- Sir Winston Churchill