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