Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Spring at Last!

Sunday was in the 80's! We were expecting major storms, but they never came. We headed out to the barn for Duke Day. The horses got their toes tidied and their semi-annual dose of bot-killer. They were both great for the farrier.

While we were waiting for our turn, we availed ourselves of the new outdoor wash-rack/hitching post. We tied the boys and proceeded to groom them for a very long time. Part of our objective was to make them stand around quietly. I think this is always good for horses to remember that standing tied for long periods of time it a part of their job sometimes. For the most part they were both super good about it, even Steen who still sometimes hates to be tied.

Steen has actually been getting a lot of compliments lately, and it does sort of feel like he's reaching a new level of maturity. One of the other boarders saw me loping on him the other day, and told me later that she couldn't believe how relaxed and happy Steen looked. She also told me that a trainer who works with a couple horses at our barn recently said she thinks I've done a wonderful job with Steen. So these are always really great things to hear. Even our barn owner, Cathi, came out to scoop up some of her horse's manure off the wash rack and Steen didn't budge even when she was scraping a shovel around his feet. She looked up at me in surprise and said, "He's holding still!"

All of this has me increasingly curious to see how he goes once I start taking him out and about again. And though I think I have so far failed to mention it on this blog, I also have a new saddle on the way. I have always known that the saddle I use for Steen is not an ideal fit, but his conformation is just odd enough that I've not been able to find anything else that is better. So I've decided to go treeless. A few weeks ago I ordered myself one of these:

(The saddle, not the dog - and mine will be brown.) It's a Bob Marshall treeless endurance saddle, and after exhaustive research based on what I know about my riding preferences and Steen's funny back/shoulder combo, I think it is the best choice for us going forward. So I'm super excited. But since it's custom made I won't get it until mid May. And in the meantime I don't really want to ride in the old saddle, so I'll be either riding bareback or borrowing the bear trap.


  1. I've heard mixed things about treeless saddles. I know there's at least one person who uses a treeless at my barn, but I've never really asked about it. Hope it works out well for you guys.

  2. Yeah, I've heard mixed things about saddles in general. :p

    But the good news is these things are selling like hot-cakes on ebay, so even if I hate it I'll be able to get my money back out of it. This particular guy has a really good reputation, though, so I've got my fingers crossed.


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