Thursday, February 25, 2016

Ride & Saddle

I rode Scout briefly yesterday, for the first time in months. He was a good boy. I rode in the Crates saddle I recently bought for Duncan and I'm just not sure I like it. Maybe it feels funny because it doesn't fit Scout just right. It's not terrible but it would take some getting used to.

I also saddled up Duncan. He needs more work circling so he can understand that it's not a scary punishment, it's just an exercise. Next time I'll do it without the saddle, because I think that added a little worry.

What's your favorite cinch? I need to get a shorter one for Duncan. I usually buy a string roper cinch for breathability and stability, but I'm open to others, mainly because I like the idea of having padding under the buckle. I have liked the felt Smart cinch, but not really the neoprene because of the slippery sweat factor. What do you all use?

Surgery is set for next Thursday. I hope to get in some good horse time before then, if I can. The pain & weakness is kind of unpredictable but every now and then I feel up to doing stuff. Maybe I'll ride again this weekend.

4 comments:

Kate said...

I'm very fond of mohair for cinches. I've used the neoprene backing for cinch buckles but it's not ideal.

Good luck with your surgery and recovery.

Linda said...

All of mine are mohair and I love them.

Andrea -Mustang Saga said...

Thanks for the feedback. I was thinking about the neoprene backing, so it's good to hear that you didn't love it. I do have some sheepskin & leather buckle covers but they're clunky. All my other horses do fine with the buckle, maybe I'm being too much of a softie with Duncan. :)

Andrea -Mustang Saga said...

I probably will get mohair. I looked at some alpaca ones the other day and they were super soft, but I hear they don't hold up as well.