As the title says, here comes another rant.
We noticed Destiny was greatly improving in flexing at the poll when we put her in the pelham with bit converters.
She still seemed a bit off though and as our last effort we decided to switch her saddle from the old, AP, wide, no-name brand leather piece of junk I was using, to her owners (I only lease her) Mondega saddle for our last jumping lesson.
The Mondega is a CC saddle and has a laser hardened spring tree which according to my coach and the owner (who was also riding in my lesson) Desy liked more by looking at her, seeing her working more from her hind and balancing herself more over jumps.
I could feel I had to pull less on the reins (I'm pretty soft-handed with the pelham, so I wasn't yanking them) but everything just worked so much easier in that saddle. Especially that my posting trot was so much neater, my legs barely moved at all, where as in the AP saddle, no matter how much I squeezed my leg muscles and lifted with my thighs, my leg still moved a TON.
My problem now is, I can't keep using Desys owners saddle in my lessons because it did cost her 1400$ and she doesn't want me to wear it down. So, I went to Greenhawk to look at the Mondega saddles they had, I noticed they had a nice comparable, but cheaper model there, which still included the spring tree, I sat in it (it was an inch too short, but I really only wanted to feel the quality) and then I sat in a wooden tree Val du Bois saddle, another brand made by Greenhawk. I LOVED the Val du Bois, it was much more comfy than the Mondega and the girl working the cash register said she preferred the Val du Bois over the Mondega because they fit a wider range of horses and were more comfy and padded.
I knew Des worked good in the spring tree, but I thought it wouldn't hurt to try the 15 day trial period on the Val du Bois which has a wooden tree. (It was also, by the way, 300$ cheaper)
Anywho, I had the money to buy it then and there, but I decided to BBM (like texting) Des's owner first, just to run the idea by her. She came back with 'erm. Don't like wooden trees' I told her about what the cashier had said, and about the trial period and she put up a fight before allowing me to at least try it on her.
There's been talk around the barn as well that my coach was offered a job at a lesson barn, and discounted/free board for her horses if they were allowed to be used as lesson ponies. My coach told Desys owner about it, because they offered the same board deal to her, and she ran it by me, I told her I would no longer lease Destiny should she move, because I liked where we were at and personally don't like schooling barns. I'm drawn to just abandoning all of the drama at my barn right now, and going back to my first riding barn, it was so peaceful and the only reason I left was to follow my coach because she was a great person. Now I'm thinking it'll just be easier to plant myself there for the rest of my riding career and be with my wonderful cousin (she rides there too) and the amazing horses there, do you think I should? :s
I guess I just came to rant about whatever, express my feelings haha. Cookies to anyone who read!
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