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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…

New Monte Racing Saddle (!!!!)

Well, my tack room already has two dressage saddles, an all-purpose, two western saddles, a saddleseat cutback, a tiny child's sized western saddle, a loaned Wintec, and a sidesaddle. Might as well add a monte racing saddle to that!!  LOL!!!

I have been saving since July to buy a monte saddle and I finally bought it at the beginning of the month.  I have ridden Snappy in it twice and it seems to work quite well.   It came with a crupper and I added my own stirrups, leathers, and buxton.  I opted to use non-slip stirrup pads, black Wintec stirrup leathers, and a black beta buxton.  I think the setup looks sharp.  The saddle is super comfortable and while I admit I do miss the "security" of my lovely Stubben Juventus AP saddle, I am sure that as I continue to ride in the monte saddle I will be more comfortable.  It is different to ride in a saddle with no tree!  As I added the photos, I realized I never took a pic of her on the crossties to show our new saddle!  Whoops!!!

Jogging for the first time in our new saddle!  I think Snappy approved!  This was around 9AM on Columbus Day (10.8.12).  I was lucky to have that Monday off from work, so after rocking it around the Pipestave HT with Dreamy the day before, I was able to ride Snappy that next day!
Headed out to jog late afternoon on 10.13.12.  I had just spent the day (seven hours!!) in a graduate course for a writing fellowship.  It was good to be outside and on a horse!

Jogging!  Wheeeee!!!  10.13.12


She is such a good mare.  She will make someone a great riding horse one day!  After we jogged three miles, I walked her around half a mile and then we hacked out the long way back to the barn.  Love her!

Comments

  1. that is quite the teeny saddle! yikes! I would never be able to ride in that...lol Great that you have been riding Snappy too - that must be such a good workout for both of you!

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  2. Ahh the infamous racing saddle! I had the great privilege last winter of getting to work two TB race horses out in their racing equipment and I will agree with you that it is an experience unlike anything else! Also my first time sitting in a (practically non-existent) tree-less saddle and it sure was different! What a fun thing for you to own, and even more fun to get to use it on the track!

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  3. Oops! Meant to send this link to you too...not sure if my privacy setting will allow you to actual see the photo or not, but here is my racing saddle experience!

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2174415286656&set=a.2064858547806.2098800.1435020024&type=3&theater

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  4. Holy saddle collection! :) I thought I was bad with the two AP's, Simco Parade and Treeless Sensation, but you've got me beat with the sidesaddle, cutback and race saddle, wow!

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  5. Training saddles makes the horse and the rider comfortable and enjoyable.

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