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post #1891 of 3169 Old 02-09-2017, 10:08 AM
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Originally Posted by SaddleUp158 View Post
I wonder if good saddle fitters are able to look at a horse in their unfit stages and see how they will muscle up and how it will affect the saddle fit? Do you have a saddle fitter you could call and pick their brain?
That's a good question! I am not very talented when it comes to fit but greatly respect people who have that kind of eye.

I have worked with a saddle fitter for the past few years who does a decent job of keeping the horse happy, but quite honestly is a sexist jerk who makes me feel like an idiot who has no business around horses (for example, last time he was out, he lectured me on how my "loose" girth was going to get me killed- in reality, he had taken off my sheepskin pad, so the girth was on it's normal setting but obviously a bit looser without the pad on, and we were walking a 15 foot straight line to see how the saddle fit without the pad. I obviously would not go hacking out for hours with the girth like that! :eyeroll:)

I liked the fact that he wasn't a brand rep and could look at a few different makes and models, but I've always had bad personal interactions with him (he's come out maybe 4-5 times in the five years I've had Isabel) and he's not that good, so I think I need to find someone else.

The seller of the saddle I have my eye on let it out on trial for the next week with someone who contacted her first, so not sure if I will even get the chance to try it. That may be for the best, but at the same time would be sad.
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I'm so glad @SaddleUp158 got me in touch with a great saddle fitter. Good saddle fitters are so hard to find @egrogan . I hope it all works out for the best.
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post #1893 of 3169 Old 02-09-2017, 01:24 PM Thread Starter
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I'm having the worst week ever! It started with a health scare; I have to go in for another test at the end of the month. In the meantime all I can do is wait and ponder "what if it's really bad/terminal?" So to take my mind off of things we planned a trip to Florida, was so excited to go, then it gets cancelled at the last minute. So then we start planning a trip to Branson which also got cancelled.

So then I go to the post office to mail a Dover saddle pad back because it's way too big for Ana. I hate going to the post office; I always feel like such an idiot! As I'm helplessly digging through different boxes trying to figure out how to squeeze the oversized pad into the smallest box possible, customers start to make suggestions "use this one" and "they have boxes over there" lol - I must have looked pretty desperate - even the post man who was helping other customers started chiming in and gave me his tape dispenser to use while I was still trying to cram the pad into the smallest possible box. It gets better! I finally make it to the counter to ship and pay the darn thing and I can't find my wallet! I run out to the car and it's not there. So I run back in and tell him I'll be back in 30 minutes, when another customer chimes in and says "I'll pay for it!" I was like "wow, thank you so much!!" I think all the customers and post master were just happy to be rid of me, lol.

So yeah, had to run home on my lunch break and get my wallet.

On the bright side, I'm still taking Friday and Monday off and I'm going to spend all weekend with Ana!

The house building/approval process is moving right along; we might even be able to close next week if things keep moving along like they have been. But if I'm terminally ill or even if it's curable, is this a good time to build a house? Still hoping it was a false positive test - that can happen sometimes. But man, what a health scare.

Oh yeah, and with the way the economy is right now I don't know if I'll be in a position to afford building a house; it's such a gamble. I don't know what's worse, knowing that a train is about to hit you or not knowing and just being surprised by it. The worst part is that I know the train is about to hit and I can't say anything; I have to keep quiet about it. It's such a burden to walk around with this knowledge every day and still keep positive. I don't know how others in my position deal with this.

But that's life - you just don't know what's going to happen tomorrow, or later today! So I'm just trying to count my blessings right now and live in the moment. Lots of good moments coming up this weekend with Ana, so yay!

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post #1894 of 3169 Old 02-09-2017, 04:41 PM
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@frlsgirl - Fingers crossed that your test at the end of the month comes back with good news! Sorry to hear you are having a crummy week. But hey, a long weekend at the barn sounds good to me!

Mia says "Hope your week gets better!"
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Awww - how cute @SaddleUp158 - hope you get to enjoy this nice weather with Mia!
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Originally Posted by frlsgirl View Post
Awww - how cute @SaddleUp158 - hope you get to enjoy this nice weather with Mia!
Thanks, I am looking forward to tomorrow and Saturday's pretty temps! Would really love to be able to bathe the horses or at least wash some tails on Saturday.
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Tanja I hope your week starts improving. I guess we're back on our parallel lives track lol. It'll get better. Without the bad times we wouldn't appreciate the good times, life is precious. I hope the test results come back with a false positive or at least good news, rather than terrifying news.

Social anxiety doesn't help at all. I wish they had some kind of climate control ap for how crowded places are. We have a climate of a full house tonight or the coast is clear, sunny skies and few people at the post office

I wont make a public statement about the economy but with how much the federal reserve has been printing trying and the increasing debt I've been wondering when it was going to hit. It's been coming for a while.

I'm glad you're at least having good moments with Ana! There has to be a light at the end of a tunnel.
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You are having one heck of a week. I'm sorry! :( I hope it turns around fast.
I hate when I get weeks like that, seems like nothing goes right. It's just a bummer.

But yes, on the bright side you will have all weekend with your favorite mare! She will cheer you right up!
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Thanks ladies. I had a lovely, long weekend.

Friday, we tried out her new leg gear:

Since this is new to her I lunged her first to make sure she wouldn't freak out on me:

Then I took the Dressage boots off and rode her with just the bellboots - the dressage boots are only for pole work.

She was a bit sucked back but we did have some good moments:

Saturday I rode the BO's Hanno Dante in the party lesson. He was a good boy.

Then I rode Ana by myself in the afternoon:

Sunday I came to the barn and found this:

It's not as bad as last time so I decided to ride her very lightly and carefully and notified BO.

We had a productive ride:

Then I had my weekly online meeting with Natasha from Dressage Mastery Academy. She assured me that I'm on the right path; I had asked about spending quite a bit of time putting Ana together each ride before we can do any real work and if that's normal, if the horse gets easier to put together or if the rider just gets better at putting horses together. She replied that the rider gets better/faster. She said she rode her GP horse Abe the other day and that he was like a cement block when she first got on him; I guess most horses don't ever offer throughness on their own; it's something that the rider has to constantly work on. I also wonder if it's just the type of horse we both ride; the carriage horse type with the high neck set and tight backs.

I conversed with BO later and she suggested that I keep bell boots on her all the time now because this latest shoe problem must have happened during turnout as I check her shoes before and after each ride.

So yesterday I drove to the barn to put bell boots on her. She was happy to see me but was not interested in sharing me with her turnout buddy:

"Back off, buddy; that's my human!"

The farrier is coming tomorrow to fix her shoe again. It's raining today so I'm going to skip the barn until tomorrow evening. I'm sure Ana won't mind having 2 days off from work.

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Also, I did another confo comparison picture:

She has definitely put on more muscle over the past 6 months which is especially great because most horses lose condition over the winter.

I showed this to my husband and he said "Da** - she looks like she bench presses Warmbloods in her spare time" lol - made me laugh.
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