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post #101 of 193 Old 01-23-2012, 12:22 PM
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You aren't a terrible horse mom!!!! Money problems are awful but I'm glad you have a plan in mind!

I hope you get out of that mess soon, big hugs!

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post #102 of 193 Old 01-24-2012, 08:03 PM Thread Starter
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Well, went to get my saddle and bridle out of my (impounded) truck because I wanted to do some riding this coming week. Yeah, you have to have your driver's license or a state-issued ID to access your vehicle. Only problem with that is that the sheriff who pulled me over TOOK my driver's license and I don't have a state-issued ID (and it would be too much hassle to get one).

So, that means I'm going to have to either use one of the saddles that belongs to the BO (which isn't that big of a deal, really) or we're going to have to work on our bareback riding in the arena. Plus, we'll have to find a bridle that will fit my monstrosity, which I don't think anyone has one that will fit him (unless the bridle we were using before we got our English bridle still fits him, but I don't know if it will). If we do bareback, it'll be interesting because I've never ridden bareback before. I guess Aires would be a good one to learn on with his wide back, though. Lol

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Well good luck with bareback riding if you decide to do it! :)

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post #104 of 193 Old 01-26-2012, 11:19 PM Thread Starter
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So, we got an English saddle today...for $1! It's a cheap no-name synthetic, but it's the right size for me, I'm mostly sure it fits Aires (going to have the trainer check it when she gets back) and it's almost new. It does need leathers, irons and a girth, though. Do you think I should go for synthetic leathers or real leathers? There really isn't an overly huge price difference (at least not on eBay). Also, how does one measure stirrup leathers?
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post #105 of 193 Old 01-26-2012, 11:25 PM
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I love how I am just watching your day-to-day with Aires like a hawk. Apologies, I just love hearing about you two!!!!

Have you been feeling better?

And wooohoo congrats on the saddle!!

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post #106 of 193 Old 01-26-2012, 11:37 PM Thread Starter
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I love how I am just watching your day-to-day with Aires like a hawk. Apologies, I just love hearing about you two!!!!

Have you been feeling better?

And wooohoo congrats on the saddle!!
No worries about the "stalking" lol I appreciate it (and your words of encouragement ).

I was feeling better until I talked to one of our regular customers today. Her daughter had a similar situation to mine happen with her car (got impounded for a DUI, though) and it cost a crap-load of money to get the car out of impound. So now I'm all worried that I won't be able to afford to get my truck out. And I still haven't gotten my taxes back. Hopefully tomorrow they'll get deposited (another customer said that hers has always been deposited on the Friday after both state and federal returns were accepted when she's used TurboTax, which is what I used...my federal returns were accepted last Wednesday, but my state wasn't accepted until Friday).

As for the saddle, I'm pretty happy about it. I'm 85% sure it fits Aires. I remember this summer when we tried one of the saddles that belongs to the trainer on him, without being cinched, it kind of perched on his withers and there was about 6" of space between his withers and the pommel. When I sat our new saddle on his back today (while he was eating...he hates me now lol), there was just about three fingers worth of clearance between the top of his withers and the pommel of the saddle. So, here's hoping it fits. If it doesn't fit him, it'll fit my friend's arab (probably...he's got such shark-fin withers, he may need a cutback saddle) and she wants to start trying English anyway, so I'll just give it to her.

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You've seen that saddle fitting thread right? I found it really helpful.

But don't worry about things that haven't happened yet, DraftyAiresMum! It may cost a lot, it may not, but try not to focus on that now. Focus on feeling better all over before you tackle another obstacle :)

I'm excited for you though! Fingers crossed it fits him!

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I forgot about the saddle fit thread on here! Lol I googled English saddle fit and the sites I looked on seemed to agree that 2-3 fingers width of clearance over the withers was ideal. And it didn't seem to gap or dig into his shoulders.

I am not usually a worry wart, but when it comes to money things, I can be...especially when it impacts my ability to be self-sufficient. I absolutely HATE asking people for rides to work, especially since I live kind of out of the way from anyone else at my work. Luckily, I have awesome coworkers who are totally understanding and...just awesome. Lol My supervisor asked me if I open on Friday and Saturday and when I said yes, she said "Okay, good. I'm giving you a ride." No "Do you need a ride?" just "I'm giving you a ride" like it was a foregone conclusion.

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You do have great people over there haha! The key is to not ask the person, just tell them you're doing it! :P :P :P

If you need the link, I have it book marked! It's 9 videos about the different areas of fit, starting with balance.

I totally get where you're coming from.. I hate money but it gets me all wound up. You need it for everything it seems :/ and when it gets tight, it's very hard to relax.

I hope it all works out for you though!

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post #110 of 193 Old 01-27-2012, 12:26 AM
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That is so cool that your co-wrokers are helping out. Can you get a state-issued ID card? Impound fees can add up very quickly-hope you can get the truck out soon. I'll be closing my escrow soon & bringing my horse to AZ-can't wait to get there!
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