I bought a dressage saddle today! Sarah brought her old Thoroughbred brand dressage saddle for me to try. I didn't think the fit was 100 percent on Bobby until I stuck my wonderful, amazing Ecogold pad under it and I decided I'd take it....for $70! I know, I know. One day I'll learn. But that day certainly isn't this one!
However, the one bugaboo was that we couldn't get the fucking stirrup leathers through. So I was like, "No big! I'll ride without stirrups. I'm due for it anyway." And by due, I mean about four years over-due.
Ohh, my poor, pathetic thighs! I didn't even canter. I just did a bunch of sitting trot (Ohh, my poor, pathetic core!), some posting trot, and a whole lot of walking. New goal: One ride a week without stirrups. You can do it, you flabby beast.
Also, I heard back from the manufacturer on my busted brand new saddle. No warranty except for on the tree. Grr. So I'm looking to see if I can find someone to stitch it up for me. In the meantime, I'll be dressage-ing in this old boy, and I'll borrow one of BO's Stubben's to jump in.
Also again, I'm having a daily debate with myself on whether or not to push for a BN debut for Bobby at Burgundy Hollow first out, or only do Elementary/Starter. I'm going to wait until we school on the 15th (penciled in, mind you) to send in my entry, but I'm rather conflicted.
A) Everyone says every horse can go around a Novice course. So why shouldn't Bobby be able to go around a BN course? Every horse can! It's a walk in the park. Only....I'm kind of making myself anxious over the thought of it because of his temper tantrum when I tried to jump any real xcountry jumps with him last time out.
B) Elem. would be a good confidence builder for him and an easy debut. But....every horse should be able to go around a Novice course! Why am I such a failure that I can't get my own very large OTTB around one when he could literally step over half the jumps?
So. I guess will see next weekend how he's doing. I'll probably head up to the xcountry field on Wednesday to have another check-in on his brain.