|the Roxiecorn herself!|
Hahahaha but now she's stuck with us. Joke's on her.
See, all my horses ever prior to Zoë were 50% thoroughbred or more. Which is fine. It just means that the same general sorts of things worked for them.
Pro tip: approximately 0 of those things work for a Zoëbird.
|i mean i guess if you duct taped like 3 ottbs together, you'd almost get this wide|
I mean. Y'all ought to be REAL DAMN IMPRESSED that I have gone this long with a black bridle and brown saddle.
Anyways. My saddle doesn't fit. My back up saddle isn't something I want to ride in every day if I don't have to.
|a very cute 4|
HOWEVER my baby mare is four and basically just doubled in size in four months and, oh, I know NOTHING about saddles wider than like medium narrow.
That makes buying things kinda disingenuous, given her rate of change, as well as expensive because I have no frame of reference for what I'm looking at.
But also I can't just not have a saddle.
|i'm really not a great bareback rider|
Naturally I texted this entire monologue to Roxie's mom and then started sending her saddles I found for sale online like I DONT KNOW WHAT ABOUT THIS.
Lucky for me, she is a total hoarder who basically still owns every saddle she's ever liked. Also lucky for me, she was willing to loan me a few to try on Zoë. (There is a rather hilarious story about picking them up that involves me mocking her geography skills but karma getting revenge whilst I steered (with no brakes) my motorized toboggan through a mountain pass in a snowstorm, but that's another story for another day.)
She sent me this to-die-for totally gorgeous brown Albion in xtra-super-duper wide, then a slightly wider basic black saddle, then the super wide Roxiecorn saddle.
|i really need to get a pic in better light|
but then i might never give it back
Ha ha ha.
First night at the barn, I just reached in the car and grabbed the closest saddle. It was black. I thought it was the less wide one. I set it on Zoëbird.
|the problem with the dark is bad pictures|
It looked real good.
I threw some fittings on. Lunged her. Sat in it. Really liked it. Puts me in a good place. Fits her really well. Maaaaaaybe needs a thin little half pad, but seemed pretty ok without it.
|look! riding media!|
I looked under the flap to check which saddle it was.
|well that's real wide|
|why am i surprised?|
i shouldn't be surprised
At least we have a starting point?