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??