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        04-18-2014, 05:38 PM
      #21
    Weanling
    Found my camera!
    Today, Nalini and I worked on ground tying, then rode in the ring. We got cut short by the farrier showing up, but still got about 45 minutes of riding time. Worked a lot on transitions and direction changes. She wasn't misbehaving, but she was spunky and wanted to be naughty so we did a lot of busy work. Hopefully, eventually, someone will actually be around when I'm riding her so we can get riding pictures and videos.
    You want to make me work?
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    Ground tying
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    On the stump
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    Tired eyes. We didn't work that hard today, missy!
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    Love the striping on her shoulders. It's becoming so prominent now that she's shedding out.
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    Getting a good roll in.
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        04-18-2014, 05:51 PM
      #22
    Showing
    I am sorry things didn't work out with Shamrock, but it sounds like he went to a good place for him.

    Congrats on Nalini! She's absolutely stunning and looks so sweet. Of course, I may be biased as I've got a soft spot for the 'stangs.
         
        04-18-2014, 05:54 PM
      #23
    Weanling
    I wish things had gone differently, but I rode him yesterday, and he was his normal self. I didn't have much say in the situation, so I'm glad he's off to a decent home. I learned a lot from him.

    Nalini is the biggest sweetheart! She is so steady and calm, but she has the perfect amount of spunk!
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        04-21-2014, 06:46 PM
      #24
    Weanling
    Today, Nalini and I had a five hour trail ride with my boss and her neighbor. At first she was a little bit naughty. Popping up a foot or two, wanting to run, and then attempting to roll. And for the first time in years, I was nervous. I got off and led her a ways, even. I don't know why, except that it had everything to do with being afraid that if I made her shape up, she would explode the way Shamrock did. But I've ridden her since then several times so today shouldn't have been different. Anyway, the neighbor is a very capable rider and offered to swap with me a ways. I was relieved. For some reason, the thought of jumping on a crazy Arabian in a little bitty jumping saddle seemed fine. I felt fine. Mr. Max and I had a lot of fun, and after about half an hour, we traded back. I was fine the rest of the ride. I'm not sure where the nerves came from, or where they went, but after they were gone I had a blast. We spent the next three hours perfectly content!

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    Off we go!
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    Are we done yet?
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    Sweaty girl! But she was hot and ready to go faster right up til I swung off!
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        04-21-2014, 07:04 PM
      #25
    Weanling
    A few more pics from today- one on Max, and a few on Nalini.
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        04-23-2014, 09:47 PM
      #26
    Weanling
    And now, the saddle search. I've been using my boss's roping saddle, but I really need my own, so that she's not stuck in someone else's saddle when we ride together. And I want my own. I'm looking for a saddle I can use on Nalini, and projects coming in (got a few possibilities I'm excited about!) I need something with a deep seat, prefer a ranch type saddle but also looking at barrel saddles, and around 15". Here are some of my options:
    14.5" Don Rich Barrel Saddle

    Rocking R Barrel Racing Saddle 15 1 2" Lightly Used | eBay

    15" Circle Y Barrel Saddle | eBay

    Shop Used 15in. Tom Conway Team Roper Saddle
    Mostly barrel saddles, so far, but I'll keep posting as I look. The search for a good used saddle is a lot harder than it was for me to find Nalini!
         
        04-23-2014, 09:57 PM
      #27
    Showing
    What size saddle does she need? That might limit your options by quite a bit and those 4 that you listed, 3 of them are different tree sizes (the tom conway doesn't list a tree size).

    Can you find out the size of the tree on the saddle you've been using? That will give you a good idea of what to look for (or not to look for). Without better pictures of the saddle on her and the sweat marks after a ride, this is only a guess but I suspect that the saddle pictured on her is actually a little too flat through the bars. It looks like she's got dry spots high up on her shoulders, meaning that only the top of the bars are making contact and the pressure is concentrated there while the bottoms of the bars flare away from her body.
         
        04-23-2014, 10:22 PM
      #28
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by smrobs    
    What size saddle does she need? That might limit your options by quite a bit and those 4 that you listed, 3 of them are different tree sizes (the tom conway doesn't list a tree size).

    Can you find out the size of the tree on the saddle you've been using? That will give you a good idea of what to look for (or not to look for). Without better pictures of the saddle on her and the sweat marks after a ride, this is only a guess but I suspect that the saddle pictured on her is actually a little too flat through the bars. It looks like she's got dry spots high up on her shoulders, meaning that only the top of the bars are making contact and the pressure is concentrated there while the bottoms of the bars flare away from her body.
    I need to try some other saddles on her and know for sure. My bosses saddle isn't a perfect fit- like you said, drier spots up in the front after our ride. The saddle is FQHB, and fits most of the horses at the barn. I'm thinking regular qh bars? Someone told me that he thinks she needs a 7 inch gullet with SQHB, but I'm really clueless about this stuff. I thought a 7 inch was FQHB and a 6.5 was semi? I've never done any of this myself, and it's something I need to learn more about. I'm planning on borrowing a few saddles and get a definite size tomorrow. Right now I'm looking around and making sure there are decent used saddles in my range (staying under $900).
         
        04-24-2014, 12:06 AM
      #29
    Showing
    Unfortunately, there is no real set standard for western tree sizes. Some saddles advertised as Semi-QHB have a 6.5 inch gullet, others have a 6.75 inch gullet. On those saddles that you linked a couple of posts ago, one was advertised as FQHB with a 7.5 inch gullet and another was a FQHB with a 7 inch gullet. My draft cross that weighs 1500 pounds wears a FQHB with a 7" gullet so I can't even imagine how wide a horse would have to be for a 7.5".

    I found this rather interesting. It's a lot of information but very informative so it may be of some help to you.
    Measuring Horses For Fit
         
        04-24-2014, 06:41 AM
      #30
    Weanling
    Thank you for the link! Like I said, horse shopping is way easier than finding a saddle! The worst that can happen is I'll have to resell a saddle or two if I don't get it right the first time. I wish we had a good used tack shop nearby so I could just try it right on before I but there isn't much around.
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