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Recapping 2019

I had many great horsey experiences in 2019!  I am really pleased with how the year went overall; nothing is ever perfect, but both horses are sound, happy, and healthy, which is really what matters to me.

Some of my 2019 goals were met easily or with lots of hard work, and a few of them were utter fails haha.  C'est la vie! Let's recap!

Happy, health, sound
Both mares are doing well in this regard!  Dreamy will be 29 this year, and while she definitely shows signs of her age at times, she overall looks and acts much younger than she really is!  Ellie has really matured this year, filling out as well as mentally becoming more comfortable in her own skin.  As she will be eight this year, I feel like we have moved through the baby phase.

Continue lessons with Beth and Babette
This goal was met and then some!  I took almost weekly dressage lessons with Beth and monthly jump lessons with Babette. Thanks to the Morgan Dressage Association scholarship, I was also able to attend two clini…

Yay for saddles that FIT!

So, as I wrote about here, I have a new dressage saddle.  I completely adore this saddle.  I love how it has shorted panels so I can actually get my leg down on my horse.  I was pretty confident that it fit Dreamy well and it truly fits me PERFECT.  


I was able to get an appointment with my saddle fitter, Nancy Shedrick, for last Thursday.  I was so pleased when she took a look at my saddle and said it was a good fit for Dreamy!  YAY!  She complimented me, saying I had a good eye.  Well, SHE is the one to thank for that!  Nancy taught me well at our first fitting in April.  


I had a few concerns though.  One was how low the saddle was to her withers.  I mean, there was three of my tiny fingers clearance and it cleared her spine with no problems, but it did seem low.  My instructor Judy echoed the same thing when she saw it.  Nancy agreed that while it was a tiny bit lower than she would like, it was fine.  Why?  Because I am a tiny 5 foot nothing, 120 pound rider.  She said there was no way the saddle was going to touch her withers.  And she knew that if something changed, I would be in contact with her immediately.  (She's got that right!  LOL)  

Second, I was not crazy about the billets.  I am used to the Y billet system and this one was just plain weird.  (I should take a photo...)  She told me they were fine and reassured me that she could change them, but it was not affecting the way the girth hung or anything like that.  OK, I can suck it up and get used to them!  LOL!



And last, I thought the cantle sat just a tiny bit too low.  And Nancy echoed my thoughts on this.  She added a small bit of wool flocking to the panels, which was neat to see.  My son thought it was the COOLEST thing ever and Nancy was very patient with him.  She told us both what she was doing and let my son hand her bits of wool.  :)


So now I am proud to say my saddle is exactly fitted for my horse!!  :)  Of course, she will change, but Nancy is just a phone call or email away.  Every horse changes and now armed with my new saddle fitting knowledge, I know I will pick up on any small changes that might need to be tweaked. 


THANK YOU NANCY!  You have been an integral part of our success this year!  :D  If anyone in the New England area needs a saddle fitter, I cannot recommend Nancy enough.  She is GREAT!  :D :D :D

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