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post #11 of 28 Old 07-21-2013, 09:19 PM
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I read an article once about a one armed gentleman that had a pulley system in his barn. He was able to raise the heavy western saddle and lower it down onto the horses back. Not sure what you're setup looks like but it might be worth a thought.
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I remember reading that, too. I've also seen raised platforms from which a horse could be saddled. I imagine a rack could be built onto it so you wouldn't have to carry the saddle up the steps.
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Thanks so much for all of the suggestions - I'm beginning to hope that I might be able to keep my saddle, after all. I think I'll try the mounting block idea fist, and if that doesn't work, I'll see if I can rig up a pulley. I don't think I'll need to put Nibbles in a straight stall. Bless her, she is SOO patient and cooperative for me! My stupid feet don't work right either, at times, and I've actually lost my balance and fallen on her front feet, and all that happens is my hair gets nibbled on. LOL
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Thanks so much for all of the suggestions - I'm beginning to hope that I might be able to keep my saddle, after all. I think I'll try the mounting block idea fist, and if that doesn't work, I'll see if I can rig up a pulley. I don't think I'll need to put Nibbles in a straight stall. Bless her, she is SOO patient and cooperative for me! My stupid feet don't work right either, at times, and I've actually lost my balance and fallen on her front feet, and all that happens is my hair gets nibbled on. LOL
She sounds like she is worth her weight in gold! Hope you figure something out. That saddle is beautiful, BTW.
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Thank you, and you're right - Nibbles IS worth her weight in gold. She is sooo good for a 3 year old and never spooks or does anything wrong. I am so attached to her it almost scares me.

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post #15 of 28 Old 07-21-2013, 10:36 PM
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I like smrobsís idea; I have had a wade for years that I had custom made, best thing I have ever sat in, saddles like that are either few and far between these days, or cost an arm and a leg, so my suggestion would be to try something like what smrobs was saying and keep the saddle.
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post #16 of 28 Old 07-22-2013, 01:05 AM
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Get a small ladder or a couple of step step stool. If you can raise yourself another foot or two then you won't have to rely on lifting with your arms so much as just stepping yourself and the saddle up with your legs. It'll fold up into a corner easily unlike a mounting block or hay bale and they make some pretty lightweight ones. Still though, while you do need to have the option to tack up your own horse, most folks seem to be more than willing to help out once in awhile especially since you have a medical condition. If you have a saddle that you love then I'd try to avoid selling it!
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Thanks everyone, for all of your suggestions. Anyway, I'll let you know how the ideas pan out. AS for helping me, because it is a private barn, the only people that could help me are my daughter, who has a very bad shoulder, and my husband. My husband is miffed because I paid more for it than he thought I should pay for a saddle ( He thinks I should have found a perfect saddle for under $200.00) and because he kept telling me it was too heavy for me before I bought it. SOOOOO he pretty much leaves it to me to get the saddle on. LOL Thanks again for everyone's ideas, and I am DETERMINED to find a way to keep the darn thing now!!!!
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post #18 of 28 Old 07-22-2013, 04:41 PM
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I can understand where your coming from. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis, and a torn rotator cuff in my right shoulder. My TB is 17hh, it hurts to lift that saddle over her. But, unlike you, you have muscle weakness, I have "just" pain, with slight weakness, I just grit my teeth and go! It won't be long before I'll be doing it on my step stool.

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You can also teach your mare to bow down or get on both knees long enough for you to lay the saddle on her back and then ask her to stand again and you can shimmy the saddle where it needs to be if you have to.

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I have the same problem. You need to get somebody to help you put it on or find a lighter weight saddle. I have thought about treeless saddles. I found a saddle that is less than 5 pounds. Now if I only had the money..........

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