So I thought about it, Cricket was eating Missy's food, until I got Nicole to use the hookover feeders. Its been about 2 weeks. So Missy has been gettng her full dose consistently, and now Cricket isnt getting any allergy herbs. So I'm dc-ing Crickets coat herbs and gonna give her allergy herbs, too. Something is different over there that is bothering Cricket.
So we'll see.
I don't like the new posting style.
And I just bought a cantle bag. Same company that made my saddle bags, but got it in navy cuz it was DC'd and 50% off! So horse holster, horn bag and cantle bag are navy, saddle bags sparkly purple. Coulda bought black but that was full price. I figured oh well, I was using that gross green one... well, I was going to. It will be fine.
New saddle arrived Thurs 5-21-2020. All I had time to do was look at it! It is beatiful! Took pictures on the saddle rack, eyeballed the width. It seems to be wide enough, but so scared...
Tried it on Friday — seems good. Had Nicole estimate. She ran her hand under the pad, said there was plenty of room at shoulder. YAY! Did a quick walk around, she adjusted my stirrups for me. I made the right one 1 hole longer than left. Dees for breast collar are higher, so prob won’t need my wither strap.
Didnt get another opportunity to ride until Sunday. Got my flank cinch set Saturday. A lot lighter than I expected, so I will oil it, and its very rough looking. But it fits, on the last hole!
Have to make sure it is forward enough. Cantle very high and holds me in, but not claustrophobic. Fenders close contact, makes me feel I’m on my bareback pad. Cricket didn’t even seem to notice anything different. WHEW! Walked and jogged, able to post, saddle felt secure. Sweat marks look good to me.
(How do I add photos? they are in scrapbook in Tack album.)
I tried to keep lifting the heavy but wonderful Circle Y, but I just can't.
So its a hybrid, leather and cordura. 22#. Bought a rear girth pkg to go with it. Got $20 off saddle, and free shipping, and was able to pay cash, by using car skip a pay.
O M G.
Pictures when I get it. Oh, shipping to barn...
Started off kinda scary, the temp was down and it was windy. The cremello was loping around, lunging himself, and Cricket went from 0 to 100 in a blink of an eye. She walking like she's dead behind me then she's 3 feet in the air, tail flagged, kicking out, running in circles around me. JEESH. It took forever to get to the barn!
She's all excited. But she loaded without the other door open! GRADUATION! She just walked right in! And then moved over to her spot so I could close the slant.
Rebel came. First time he was ridding in a year, and he broke loose TWICE while trying to load him. We were ALL apprehensive about having him along.
But once we got there, everyone was perfect. Cricket was calm, I got on with the stirrup, got to use my new gear (! YEAH !) and she walked off like it was no big deal. But then, she seemed to be taking care of Rebel.
She kept looking back for him, and stopping herself to wait for him to catch up (he walked like molasses). If we were on the R side of him, she was fine, but if we were on the L side, she kept swinging her butt towards him, and I was afraid she was gonna kick. She never did, but I was afraid, If we were in single file, and she was #2 (and even #1 for awhile!!!) she was good. It was just if she got out of single file, and saw him, she fussed over him. Like she was trying to reassure him.
We saw TWENTY armadillos! They are super noisy when they run into the brush. Cricket startled at the first 5 or so, then she kinda figured it out there was nothing to fear. One even ran alongside of us, and she took a GOOOOD LOOOOK at it, haha. After that, rustling in the brush didn't even phase her.
We jogged a bit, she kept it kinda slow - nice! I didn't get the chance to canter. We were afraid of holes in the fields b/c of the dillos.
But she has been very good. I want to wean her off the calm stuff, but not sure when...
Next ride we may go back to Heyne, and may not be until Jan since Dec is busy for everyone (and Dana is getting married Dec 14). I've invited Barb Freisenhahn to come, and maybe Esther. I think Dave would like to come, but he's afraid Missy will die.
The ride was Sat the 16. Lazy F is an oilfield property, with oilfield things, including cattle, on it. 3400 acres or something, 4 square miles, 75 miles of trails, through semi cleared terrain. I liked it! It had so e pebbly places, so need Cricket’s boots next time.
She was nervous, 10 other horses. Took her a good 45 mins to calm down (jigging and jawing, looking in the trees for scary things), but once she did, she was awesome again. A few startle shenanigans, but tackled all obstacles with no hesitations. I think she’s getting the hang of this!
Going on ANOTHER trail ride tomorrow! I asked Nikki to ride on my birthday, and it has turned into a group thing tomorrow, with the option to ALSO go to Brackenridge just me and her next weekend, for my birthday!
And, I am buying stuff... bought the wither strap a few weeks ago so I can use that tomorrow, but also bought a horn bag a few days ago (not here yet) which is insulated so I can take food. My saddle bags that I have had as long as Cricket are a mess - the vinyl lining has decayed and ripped. I was going to fix them, but it's so much effort... and I don't like the straps... blah. Was easier to buy something else.
So I decided on the horn bag, insulated. Bought an expensive-r one from a reputable brand so it should last forever. Then I was looking at other cantle bags, even though the green one is still in good shape. Found a black one from Cashell that has an extra pocket specifically for a jacket/raincoat. I like it. Then found clearance saddle bags from Trail Max/Outfitters (well made, super reputation) so I bought them. Can still use my cantle bag with that, so may not buy the cantle bag. And added a curb strap that was not leather and not chain, and not expensive. All will be here next week.
Very excited! Butterflies already! Just a little concerned about how wet everything will be.
We'll see how it goes!
Oh and Outfitters has a very nice western D twisted snaffle - it's floral engraved! But it's almost $80. But so I know where to find it again, if I so decide lol.
She walked up and down the hills, without much control from me, like she KNEW that was what she was supposed to do. We even closed a gate! I had to tell MYSELF to put her in the position she was used to, and then she did it ❤️
We loped - LOPED! A short way, so relaxed and comfy. What a great girl!
Adding photos to photo album.
I rode with the saddle, we had a nice short session in the arena. I cantered 1/4 around each way just to do it. I kinda wet my pants the first way... she picked up the correct lead both directions, however the left lead (2nd direction) she did pin her ears back. She stopped well both ways.
So I took her back to the barn and decided to ride her bareback back to the pen. I didn't want to waste the ground by getting on in the arena, so I thought I'd try the ledge to the feed barn.
I had gotten on her with the saddle there, so... she moved over, and I "threw" myself towards her. She put her neck up and I could tell she was like WHAT?! and I didn't quite make it over her back, and she started to walk off. I slid off, walked her back over, gave her a treat, and tried again.
This time, I landed correctly, with my hips over her back. SHE DIDN'T MOVE! I was able to scramble up and over and sit up! WHEW! And she didn't move! I was so excited I yelled out WE DID IT!! She turned her head back towards me and I was rubbing her and saying good girl, I think she was expecting a treat. I can't remember if I gave her one... but I said Lets get out of here before we both hit our heads! And as we walked out of the barn I yelled WOO HOO!!
HAH! I felt so good!
She was so good for me... all the way back, too. One benefit of riding more, we re-establish our friendship bond.