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She's Not a Baby Anymore!

Early spring saw some immediate changes in how Ellie carried herself and our dressage work started to truly improve.  There had been times last year where flat work felt like a fight and I wondered to myself if she was ever going to just relax and listen to me haha.

Thankfully, as the title suggests, Ellie has suddenly grown up in front of my eyes.  We have had some really stellar lessons lately, where I feel like I am suddenly able to make things click.  We also had an incredibly frustrating dressage lesson a few weeks ago where Ellie was in rip-roaring peeing heat (not normal for her) and we worked through 45 minutes of her refusing to bend right.  So, ya know, as much as she is improving, she is still an opinionated redheaded mare!  ;-)

But, I have to give her credit because she is really working her little butt off for me!  Sadly, I had not been able to schedule in a jump lesson before our first three-phase, which led to me riding her ridiculously backward at a slow trot the entire …

Another new adventure!

My goals with Dreamy last year in 2012 were to try team penning (CHECK!) and fox hunting (CHECK!).  I still want to play around with both of those disciplines this year and in the future.  

But I have also wanted to try sidesaddle for a long time.  I bought a cheap $100 sidesaddle on a whim at a used tack sale that was HUGE on her.  It was literally wide enough for a draft horse.  Sold it on eBay and made a little profit.  :-)

Then I found a no name Elan lookalike on eBay this past winter.  Elans are sort of the entry saddle for the sidesaddle discipline.  It actually fit Dreamy quite well, but it was incredibly uncomfortable   Sold that on Facebook just a month ago and made a little profit.  :-)

I religiously check eBay and Facebook and all the sidesaddle websites, just to see what might come up.  The nice brands - Owen, Mayhew, Whippy, Champion & Wilton, Martin & Martin - are super expensive.  I figured I would never find something appropriate in my price range that was actually usable.

Lo and behold, a decent Owen in my size came up on eBay recently!  Owen sidesaddles are like the Rolls Royce of sidesaddles.  In the end, I got it for a steal and could easily resell it for over double what I paid for it!  I just wish I knew more about the provenance.  That sort of stuff really interests me.  Oh well!

It is not perfect, and some of the repairs need to be redone in my personal opinion, but it has a sound tree and it is super comfortable!  It fits Dreamy like it was made for her!!!  And I love it!!!  It came with the original stirrup leather and breakaway iron, which is very cool.  It also came with a balancing strap and overgirth, even though the seller told me it did not.  (To be fair, she was selling it for a friend and maybe did not know what I meant when I asked.)  I just used my regular hunt girth for now, but eventually would like to find a true sidesaddle three fold girth.


Small tear that will need to be fixed.

A small tear on the left side of the offside flap that was crudely repaired.  I will have it fixed. 
This is a patch on the seat.  I wish it was a nicer repair! 


This shows the serial number: 10986
Love this!!  
First ride!!

Comments

  1. So cool! Dreamy is so diverse in her skill set.

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  2. My stb is impossible to sit for the trot. I wish I had the luxury of sitting it like that!

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  3. Way to go! The biggest challenge with sidesaddle is finding a saddle that fits- the repairs can always be done. Enjoy! Also concider joining the American Sidesaddle Association and do a parade with us!

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