Today I had a horse show. I don't own a horse or saddle, so I was using my instructors saddle. I'm not sure what type of saddle it was, but it had large swells, a mediun high-ish cantle, and a large width saddle horn.
Anyway, the saddle was too big for me. The stirrups were too long (even in the top hole), and the seat was roomy. Needless to say, the way the saddle fit me really made it difficult for me to maintain proper postion and ride out the horses gaits (A three year old who hasn't quite learned that its possible to lope at a speed under 900 miles an hour.:roll:)
Well, after a good 20 minute discussion with my instructor, my Ag teacher, and a lady I help take care of her horses, I came to the conclusion the reason I'm having trouble with loping and keeping a correct postion while riding is the saddles I ride in don't "encourage" me to. I've ride consistantly in 5-6 different saddles (depends on what I'm doing and what horse I ride)
In just under a month, I'll be turning 18. I'm going to be a senior this coming year, and I've mad e up my mind that I am going to an Agricultural school and obtain a degree in Horse Management. Because of that, I'm going to need to take a saddle with me to college. Looking at what my riding goals are, I think I'd do well in a reining saddle. I do a lot of cattle work, and I'd love to get into reining. So I have more reasons to get a saddle than "itz pweddy".
Also, I'm looking into buying a used saddle. While I love how shiny and beautiful a new saddle looks, my parents or myself don't have $800-$2,500 to shell out on a brand new saddle. I think $200-$500 is a reasonable price range to look in.
Today, I went to my mom and asked her if I could get a saddle for my birthday. As I expected, she asked why, and I explained the above to her. Her response; "I'm not going to hand you 30 dollars just so you can go get a saddle when you can borrow one for free."
Ugh. I'm not trying to be a spoiled brat. I understand in today's economy $300 dollars is a decent chunk of change. But in the long run I think its a good time to get my saddle. With college in a year, there's going to be so many expenses that come with that that I think getting a few purchases out of the way now won't put my family in such a hole next year. I already have spent the last year collecting grooming supplies, bits, reins, a headstall, saddle pads, and other things (most of which was bought with my money or gotten as christmas gifts, so it didn't come out of mom and dad's wallet) Also, getting a saddle that fits me is going to help me improve my riding (and I know it won't be a miracle fix, but it won't be hindering my riding anymore). Is it really that bad I want $300 to buy a saddle for my birthday?
Sorry, rant over. Cookies for those of you who read that.