Yaaay! I got a Kieffer saddle that needs just a minor repair, which my saddle fitter will do for a very reasonable price! Also, the chiro helped Snickers with his cracking in hind legs and it's such a beautiful spring here!
I was very touched today by the way Snickers acted. All the herd was far in their winter/spring pastures, so I went looking for him there. It was really slippery and muddy in many places, because some parts of the pasture have been a bit flooded by the nearby river after the ice melted. When I found him and he came to me, we followed the rest of the herd, which had decided to trot/canter happily up a hill to go to their hay bin. This is when I first went "awww!", because Snickers didn't run with them, but walked slowly by my side, as I stumbled in the mud.
We then reached a little creek with muddy banks and I tried to encourage Snickers to follow the others and jump over it, but he heistated and seemed to be unsure that it's safe, so I went first. Here came the second "awww!", because I heard him follow me and jump over the creek, as he saw me go over it. :)
And then I tripped in the mud at quite a steep place, cringing a bit, because I feared that I might accidentaly get hit by his knees in my back, as he was just behind me. Then I had the largest "awww!" of the day - because he stopped dead in his tracks, in a very awkward position, on a muddy slope, slowly sliding downwards, just centimeters away from my back, and put his head over my shoulder, as if checking if I was ok. He stood in this position, while I managed to get up and clear the path for him to continue our way. So sweet! :)
I have come a long way, to surrender my shadow to the shadow of my horse.