Tuesday, November 6, 2012


There are certain advantages to working for my trainer. Here are two:

Too cool to open her eyes

I got asked to ride a second horse today. Who? Well, around the barn we call her Pam, but horse show people know her as Nicely Dun, aka 'the mare who finished Aspen Horse Trials on her dressage score of 17'.

You read that right. 17.

She's 19, an Irish cross, and one super classy lady, much like her owner. When I was on her, I felt like I owed it to her to sit a little straighter and ride a little better because, well, she's Pam and that's how she is.


And then, because I'd already dirtied the tack, Cuna got to go in the uber-fancy jump saddle that I've been drooling on for the last... 11 months... or so.

It's a CWD 2G, and despite how ugly it is (hideous, it's like a stormtrooper saddle), it is the shiz as far as I'm concerned.

I don't like the logic of treed saddles, because my butt moves and my horse's back moves, but the tree does not. I appreciate that it distributes weight, but I don't think it's the be-all and end-all of equine technology.

Happy horse face
The the 2G came along. The carbon fiber tree actually moves with the horse, which is a little trippy at first. It is also the COOLEST THING EVER. Cuna went great in it, which I'm trying to persuade myself is because of all our work on true forward and connection, but yeah, I think he LOVED the saddle.

Tough beans for us though--it's new price is more than 50% of an annual salary.

And yeah, that's depressing no matter how you cut it.

Not depressing? 70f and sunny right now. <3


  1. Yikes, now thats expensive. Is it too new to pick up a used one?

  2. I agree with you on the ugliness of the saddle. I remember when they first came out, and I saw some jumper riders riding in it. I honestly thought they were riding in a plastic saddle...

  3. Not a pretty saddle but it sounds like it is worth the fashion faux pas! Cuna is looking good as always.

  4. That sounds really cool... I wonder what the mechanics are behind it. I don't mind the look, but the price tag... jeez!

  5. Pam sounds like she's worth her weight in gold. I sat in that saddle at the CWD tent at Galway. So ugly but soooo comfortable and wow how it could bend because of the carbon fiber tree! I almost choked when they told me $7k but I guess that's why its the Bugati of saddles.

  6. Too cool that you got to ride Pam! What fun!

    I'm liking the flexible trees too, but it sucks that those and the treeless are so expensive. Sigh. I guess someday the price will come down. :)


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