Monday, October 15, 2012

New Monte Racing Saddle (!!!!)

Well, my tack room already has two dressage saddles, an all-purpose, two western saddles, a saddleseat cutback, a tiny child's sized western saddle, a loaned Wintec, and a sidesaddle. Might as well add a monte racing saddle to that!!  LOL!!!

I have been saving since July to buy a monte saddle and I finally bought it at the beginning of the month.  I have ridden Snappy in it twice and it seems to work quite well.   It came with a crupper and I added my own stirrups, leathers, and buxton.  I opted to use non-slip stirrup pads, black Wintec stirrup leathers, and a black beta buxton.  I think the setup looks sharp.  The saddle is super comfortable and while I admit I do miss the "security" of my lovely Stubben Juventus AP saddle, I am sure that as I continue to ride in the monte saddle I will be more comfortable.  It is different to ride in a saddle with no tree!  As I added the photos, I realized I never took a pic of her on the crossties to show our new saddle!  Whoops!!!

Jogging for the first time in our new saddle!  I think Snappy approved!  This was around 9AM on Columbus Day (10.8.12).  I was lucky to have that Monday off from work, so after rocking it around the Pipestave HT with Dreamy the day before, I was able to ride Snappy that next day!
Headed out to jog late afternoon on 10.13.12.  I had just spent the day (seven hours!!) in a graduate course for a writing fellowship.  It was good to be outside and on a horse!

Jogging!  Wheeeee!!!  10.13.12


She is such a good mare.  She will make someone a great riding horse one day!  After we jogged three miles, I walked her around half a mile and then we hacked out the long way back to the barn.  Love her!

5 comments:

Laura said...

that is quite the teeny saddle! yikes! I would never be able to ride in that...lol Great that you have been riding Snappy too - that must be such a good workout for both of you!

LiveToFly said...

Ahh the infamous racing saddle! I had the great privilege last winter of getting to work two TB race horses out in their racing equipment and I will agree with you that it is an experience unlike anything else! Also my first time sitting in a (practically non-existent) tree-less saddle and it sure was different! What a fun thing for you to own, and even more fun to get to use it on the track!

LiveToFly said...

Oops! Meant to send this link to you too...not sure if my privacy setting will allow you to actual see the photo or not, but here is my racing saddle experience!

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2174415286656&set=a.2064858547806.2098800.1435020024&type=3&theater

Sarah said...

Holy saddle collection! :) I thought I was bad with the two AP's, Simco Parade and Treeless Sensation, but you've got me beat with the sidesaddle, cutback and race saddle, wow!

Richard John Jordan said...

Training saddles makes the horse and the rider comfortable and enjoyable.