Saturday, 25 February 2017

Soon

This week, I have a bit of good news in my otherwise boring life.

Bridget has been handling some short rides with zero coughing and 10/10 energy and work ethic. She feels rested and ready to go! Obviously, I remain careful and we are still pending further vet visits, but it's a good sign.

Good news part 2: I bought a saddle! It's a new to me County Competitor dressage saddle. I think I found the needle in the haystack, since it was well within my ideal budget, has an extra wide tree, is the right seat size for me AND it has a short flap! So, fingers crossed no custom alterations required...this was the unicorn both fitters gave the "in a perfect world you'd find it" ok to. Now, I just need to be patient until it arrives...
The proportions look weird, lol. This is what happens when you have an XW drafty pony and a 5'2" rider.

Other positive news: While I haven't bought a jump saddle yet, I've sold some tack and now have a debt free (such a relief, owing money makes me twitchy) budget for one of those, too. And, thanks to fellow bloggers, I have 2 options to choose from that I think stand a very good chance of working for us.

Maybe luck will be on my side and spring eventing will be a thing?


And, because we like to keep it real in this corner of the blogosphere I need to add that I'm currently hiding in bed with a very sore back, needing some time off of my own. How did that happen? Oh, Bridget accidentally stepped on me. How? Well, I might have been like "Bridget NEVER does anything crazy on the trail. Sure, I will be the steady eddy company for you and hack out bareback on her. It's fine, we hack out without a saddle all the time. She's basically a mobile couch" And, then of course, the universe laughed at me and sent a random wolf dog to run out from the underbrush behind us, in the middle of nowhere. B tried to save herself us, and I slid off kind of under her and in the confusion she stepped on me. We finished our ride home, but poor B was pretty upset by that whole episode. I know they say horses don't have emotions like we do, but she seemed SO concerned about me.  I don't blame B, she's very "up" at the moment and the dog really did appear charging up behind us from nowhere on an unfortunately narrow and overgrown part of the trail. I suspect B heard, rather than saw him. (Re the dog, yes it's not cool he roams, but he is a giant friendly pyrenees cross who we do sometimes let follow us on our rides/visit the barn. Maybe today he heard us and thought he was being left behind? In short, it sucks but sh!t happens, he meant no harm)

New saddle can't come soon enough, though! ;)

15 comments:

  1. I hope the saddle works for you too! Saddle shopping is too stressful. :(

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    1. I so wish I could just take be shopping like a parent would..."Here,you have $2k, just go pick out your favorite, and I'll buy it. Thanks!"

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  2. Yay saddle!!! :D It looks lovely!

    Hope your back feels better soon! Poor you and Miss B, can't blame anyone for being surprised when a dog pops out. I actually have debated bringing rocks or a pellet gun when I ride in the ditches where Apollo lives as there are a few aggressive dogs that I worry about.

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    1. It's so frustrating when they're stealthy!

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  3. Yay for the saddle!! It sounds absolutely perfect :)

    Sending healing thoughts that your back feels better very soon! Mines still healing so I know how much that can hurt.

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    1. Being an adult sucks. This sort of thing didn't hurt as much as a kid :) Hope you're feeling better soon!

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  4. Congratulations on the saddle! I'm sorry that you hurt yourself. Hopefully it won't last long.
    and I agree- horses do have emotions.

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    1. My common sense has always said that of course they do. I believe science will prove it in this lifetime.

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  5. Ughhh boooo about that fall. Universe was definitely laughing bc the universe has a sick sense of humor, apparently. Hopefully you're back in action asap! Bc that saddle looks DIVINE!! What a find!!! Can't wait to hear (and see!) more about it!!

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    1. The universe is kind of acting like a frenemy right now! "Here, take this saddle, but first, let's see you fail spectacularly"

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  6. Holy - that really IS a needle in a haystack!! Fingers crossed it works out.

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  7. I"m crossing all of my crossables that the saddle is the perfect unicorn, and that you find a jump saddle.

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    1. Thank you, we need some good energy! :)

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  8. This whole debt thing free with horses is so elusive to me lol

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