It’s a bridle… I’m bored… What’s over there?

28 December 2013 Comments

Somehow I got it into my head that Fin had never worn a bridle. So today I went out with my lunging bridle and a box of sugar cubes.

He looks distressed, doesn’t he?

I realized very quickly that either I am a magical horse whisperer the likes of which the world has never seen, or else my brain was confused and he had been bridled before.

The seller confirmed later in the day that yes, he’s had a bridle on. Often. I guess I should cancel the production plans for my Magical Horse Training DVDs.

Tomorrow we’ll be trying on saddles. He’s been saddle broke, so this will be a very simple and straightforward process: I will put every one of my three saddles on his back and discover that not one of them comes close to fitting him. Then I can go saddle hunting, buy a saddle that will only fit him for a year or so, and then repeat the process, and soon I will have eight or nine saddles and one horse.

If the arithmetic seems off there, don’t worry. I’m just allowing for the fact that saddles multiply like rats when left unattended in cool, dark places. This is how I ended up with three saddles in the first place.

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Hannah 28 December 2013

Okay, the saddle-trying description cracked me right up.

Kate 21 January 2014

Oh my. I’m about to take the saddle fitting and buying plunge for my mare, and after everything I’ve heard and read, I’m wondering if it might not be easier to forego the saddle and ride bareback. The pony is certainly round enough to be comfy!

Sarah 22 January 2014

Kate, it might help to think of it as an adventure or sorts?

I’ve actually had relatively smooth saddle shopping experiences, but we have a pretty good consignment shop in town and a good local network to find/get saddles on trial. So while I’ve done a lot of driving around to pick up or drop off saddles, I haven’t had to deal with shipping charges.

If I didn’t have that, I’d work with one of the local independent saddle fitters and/or Trumbull Mountain—Trumbull has a great reputation for helping with saddle fitting long distance.

Half the battle with saddle fitting is just figuring out where you need to start looking. Once you have an idea of what you need, it’s not so bad.


Kate 25 January 2014

Thanks for the advice! I’m definitely going to use a saddle fitter, and I shall be asking them lots of questions. I’ve discovered, thanks to my mare, that despite riding and working with horses since I was a little kid, there’s a lot I just don’t know, mostly about keeping a horse on a day-to-day basis. Fortunately, I’m surrounded by knowledgeable people who are happy to share their experience and help me out when I ask.

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