Friday, March 1, 2013
What Goes Around, Comes Around
The day after Elvis arrived I noticed a loose shoe. Called the shoer but he couldn't get there until Tuesday afternoon. The shoe was pretty loose but I didn't want to pull it and take any chance of damaging the hoof (we rarely pull shoes on our own). As a result, Elvis spent Sunday, Monday and most of Tuesday either in his stall or getting 'beauty treatments' at the wash rack.
With new shoes on, I finally got a chance to take my first ride with my trainer on Thursday. I decided to try using Bob's saddle from home, hoping I wouldn't have to buy one.
My trainer rode first while I observed. It didn't take long for us to both realize that Bob's saddle didn't fit. It slid backwards and dropped down over Elvis's withers. When I got on I found myself off balance and pitched forward over the poor guy's neck.
My husband and I went to our local tack store (Mike's Western Suppliers) in search of a saddle for Elvis. I took the above picture (vs having to pull the trailer out and haul Elvis to the shop). Mike suggested we try out the following saddle:
This is where I had planned on stopping this Post, with what goes around, comes around and goes back around again - but...
Yesterday my trainer and I decided to try her saddle out and low and behold it fit great! I finally got in a great ride. I returned to Mike's to find there was a used saddle of her brand sitting on the rack. That saddle now is sitting in my car. I'll try it out this weekend.
In closing Elvis has settled down nicely. He is probably the best trained horse I've ever ridden. He's also quiet, willing and happy, especially when he's being worked. I've come to realize that at the age of 7 he doesn't carry a lot of the baggage that older horses I've always (thought I) preferred do. He comes with a clean slate and its incumbent upon me to make sure the experiences placed in front of him are positive.
We are signed up for a trail clinic in April. In the meantime, once I get the saddle thing figured out I will ride him in both the indoor and outdoor arena (weather permitting) as well as along the trails at the barn.
In closing, I adore him and think we are going to be a great team!