Abbe hits the trails and gets a new saddle! *pic. heavy*

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    05-30-2012, 09:33 PM
Abbe hits the trails and gets a new saddle! *pic. heavy*

This thread is mostly for my trail pictures; but, this is also an opportunity to share my new saddle. *Ahem*, I mean Abbeís new saddle. I bought it so that SHE can be more comfortable, but I donít mind it too much myself!

Itís a trooper saddle, made by Jeff Haggis of Ontario Canada. It was originally designed for field trialing; however, I read good reviews from trail/endurance riders too, and it sounded like it would fit our needs perfectly. One aspect that I really love about this saddle is how much space there is above, around and in-between the saddle and her spine! The rigging is also done in a way so that it is like ĺ or center fire, whereas most western and English pull directly from the front of the saddle and put more pressure near the withers.

Please excuse the saddle pad, or rather blanket. My really nice pads are all English and didnít fit under this new saddle. My western pad one is ancient, and I figured it would be good to try the first couple of rides with a thinner blanket, to see if there were any gaps or pressure points. Iíve got a sheepskin pad on the way!

With school and work, this has only been about my 5th ride this year on abbe, and the first with the new saddle!

The first set of pictures is from 5/19. It was about a 6.4 mile ride, but relatively flat and easy. In chronological order.

Should we cross it??

Parking out?
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    05-30-2012, 09:33 PM

It's green down by the river; I'm so used to sagebrush, this is a very nice change!

The train that ruined a camera...(see below text)

This second set of pictures is from 5/28. It was a 7 mile ride, but also very easy.
This set was taken with my phone. My horsie smacked the camera with her head (that was in my hands) as the train went by and cracked the lcd screen. Oopsie! Third camera so far that I’ve ruined. Luckily I can just replace the screen… we’ll see how that goes!

At home, munching..

For REAL? Idiots, who would shoot towards the houses, Is seriously JUST DO NOT UNDERSTAND!


Without a pad-

Such an AWESOME girl! She hardly ever gives me trouble, which is great especially when I am always riding alone...

    05-30-2012, 09:38 PM
She is so beautiful!

Honestly I'd be a little nervous going through that overpass (?)

But wow gorgeous country.. thanks for sharing!
    05-30-2012, 11:30 PM
WOW, where is that? Beautiful scenery!

You have such a lovely mare.
    05-31-2012, 03:06 AM
Beautiful pics and your mare is just gorgeous!! Where were you riding at? If you don't mind me asking..
    05-31-2012, 11:26 PM
Thanks guys! I think she's beautiful too, but I am a little biased. ;)
These were taken in the LT Murray Wildlife Area, in central Washington.
    05-31-2012, 11:45 PM
Maybe they have a sense of humor?

"For REAL? Idiots, who would shoot towards the houses, Is seriously JUST DO NOT UNDERSTAND!"
    05-31-2012, 11:54 PM
Originally Posted by EmilyJoy    
Maybe they have a sense of humor?

"For REAL? Idiots, who would shoot towards the houses, Is seriously JUST DO NOT UNDERSTAND!"
What horrible grammar! Geez, I wonder who wrote THAT. I'm sorry guys!

The sad part is, I don't think so. There are a lot of people that go shooting out there, and signs surround the houses on all sides. Even though there is a shooting "range", people don't use it lots of the time. Just the other day, for example, I saw a male/female couple shooting a rifle at a target, hanging on the fence, with no backstop, and a horse boarding facility not 1/4 mile away! I was so mad that I nearly called the Sheriff's dept., but as soon as I rode by, they packed up and left.
    06-01-2012, 11:55 AM
Wow...It doesn't speak very good for those who do, do things (shooting rifles/any guns) respectfully and right...
    06-01-2012, 02:53 PM
I actually just finished a college paper for my English class on this problem! I really had fun with it because I can relate so well. I ovbviously ride out there, but also like shoot out there, respectfully of course. I use the designated area, pick up trash, and use common sense. Anyways, because of funding issues, I think the area may soon be closed to shooters entirely because of those few "stupid" people. Tis' sad, but just last month in Carolina, there was actually a case of a stray bullet killing a horse in someones pasture because a man wasn't using an area with a backstop.

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