Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Manitoba, Canada
I needed to do one saddle change up on Max, when he hit his 5th summer. From 5 to 6, he's fit the same dressage saddle. I mourned for a moment cause I just LOVED my original dressage beater, but once I tweaked the stirrup leathers on the new/used beater, it's worked out to be just as comfortable and of better quality.
I'm going to haunt your album for pics of your new paint/Fjord. I've often searched the internet for a supportive network of FjordX owners, but the entire purist energy seems to snub any attempts. I've met some local Fjord breeders who weren't fanatical at all. It was such a relief to discover which personality traits of Max's were from his stockier lineage, without censorship or judgement.
I actually do respect the attempts to honor all the hard work on maintaining a clean gene pool. Being a purist snob about my dog breed, I can only feel this way. I appreciate the value of health records and disease-tracking, if nothing else. Human nature is to be lazy/careless/greedy and these creatures do come to be and so far as I've met, they're amazing. Such people aren't going to cull them at birth and why would these great animals be worthy of less than any other horse? Just saying that there are those of us who didn't necessarily go looking for our 'abominations' but boy are we happy we found them!