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post #1 of 73 Old 02-12-2020, 05:44 PM Thread Starter
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From fat to fit

I've debated starting a journal for a while. It seems in the past I just didn't have enough drive and...well, horse events going on that it really seemed worth it.

Last year was the first time I actually felt involved in my horse activities and I'm really looking forward to 2020 being a great year. I have a lot of lofty goals to accomplish and really hope we are on the right track to obtaining them.

First, an introduction.

@phantomhorse13 and her journals really got me interested in endurance, so I found some local groups and that is what we are doing (or trying to do).

My main riding horse is a 21 (almost 22) year old Standardbred gelding. Tiger has been with me since I bought him from the track when he was 3. Last year we did our first CTR event - we managed to complete an intro endurance distance as well as two - 25milers. Our very first 25 miler we placed 3rd in our group.

My mare Amber is my challenge...she is 6 and I bought her as a 2 year old. I have been taking lessons with her with our focus being on western dressage. Last year we went to our first show....I also took her on various camping trips as well. I really want to condition her for CTR/endurance, however we have some things to overcome first. First thing being finding a saddle!!

I also have a pasture pet - Chevy is 18 years old. I bought him straight off the track and he has never been sound. So he has a retirement home with me until the end.
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post #2 of 73 Old 02-12-2020, 05:48 PM
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I already love this. Following!
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post #3 of 73 Old 02-12-2020, 09:17 PM
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which of the above horses is which in your explanation?
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post #4 of 73 Old 02-12-2020, 10:38 PM
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Tinyliny I think they are in order...

Nice beginning! Can't wait to hear more
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post #5 of 73 Old 02-13-2020, 07:01 AM
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post #6 of 73 Old 02-13-2020, 07:39 AM
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Lovely horses, can't wait to hear more.
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post #7 of 73 Old 02-13-2020, 08:50 AM
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Happy to follow along!
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post #8 of 73 Old 02-13-2020, 09:24 AM
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Love this! Beautiful horses, can't wait to hear more!
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post #9 of 73 Old 02-14-2020, 09:52 AM Thread Starter
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@tinyliny , yes @AnitaAnne is right, they are in order :)

This week has been a bit of a bust. Weather has not been bad, but having to deal with moving hay and then going to the city for work ate in to any horse time I would have had.

I buy round bales and I tried a different way of storing them as we do not have a covered shed. Well, turns out my 'great idea' was not so great. I hate dealing with tarps and I spent nearly all my time after work on Wednesday sorting out the tarps - which were frozen to the ground. Let's just say many choice words were said.....

As some of you may already know from some of the other threads, I am having a saddle fit issue with my fat mare. I have tried a number of options and have not been really happy with any of them. I do have a very well respected equine body worker who is also very knowledgable about treeless saddles coming out next week to let me demo a few brands. I will also get her to check the fit of the IMUS saddle I am currently trialing.

Below are some pictures of some of the saddles I have tried. Starting with her current one - which definitely does NOT fit her anymore (not to worry, I have not been riding her in this saddle at all) I am planning on driving to the store I bought this saddle from and putting it on consignment. It is basically still brand new - I will be sad to see it go, but it just does not fit her and I don't really need a saddle like this at the moment.

The second is a saddle from the States I trialed (a Pawnee I think?), but it just looks ridiculous on her. The last is the Imus I am trialing. I actually really like this saddle, but also don't think it is a good fit for her. It does allow more clearance in her shoulder, but still bridges. Ironically I put Tiger's back templates against the Imus and it actually seems like it would be a good fit for him!!

Anytime I see saddles on her, I always think of Chris Farley in Tommy Boy - Big Guy in a Little Coat!
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post #10 of 73 Old 02-14-2020, 04:12 PM
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Awww, she's so pretty! LOL that's funny, it really does looks small on her LOL! The 2nd picture looks like she has a little kids saddle on her! She is probably a comfy ride! I hope you can find a saddle that fits her. I know the pain of saddle shopping, it can be super stressful. Everything is trial & error. Ugh! Fingers crossed you find the perfect one! Bridging can be a pain, although some people work with padding to fix that, but you want the saddle to fit well, so definitely keep looking! Oh, good 'ole tarps...
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