Sunday, February 21, 2010

First Time Aside!

Today was another lovely day - and a first experiment for both Suzette and myself! I've had an interest in sidesaddles for about a year and a half now - (don't ask me why..... it remains a mystery why I like them so much....) But this was the morning when we tried riding aside - with this being the first time at such an attempt for the both of us! And boy, what a blast! We're both happy as clams. Suzette is a perfect candidate for sidesaddle classes. She's a nice refined ladies horse with smooth gaits. She has only been going under saddle for roughly 5 months of sporatic off-and-on type of schooling, so I'm very pleased with her progress and her acceptance of new things.

I have two formal show appointments type of english sidesaddles in my collection, and also several varieties of singlehead antique vintage models - some are useable and some are in need complete restorations. Unfortunately both of my nice show saddles are being professionally repaired at the moment, so I've got to make use of what is currently available in my collection. I've managed to get all of the bits and pieces gathered up to put this old carpet-seater back together into working condition. It's a circa 1890's vintage singlehead model. Due to it's age and previous mishandling, it naturally needed a lot of parts and pieces to be able to be used once again. I had to recover the bottom horsehair panels, purchase two new girths for it, find a new stirrup leather, and also put a modern safety peacock stirrup on it. But it's back together and in useable condition once again! Wahoo! Overall, it is a lovely antique training saddle to get Suzette used to carrying weight aside - until my other saddles return.

First trot aside.

Learning collection in a regular snaffle. It's very important to be proper in sidesaddle classes, and she is doing pretty good for her age. We still have some work ahead of us, but she's getting it. She will have to be moved up into a kimberwick with a double rein if we decide to do some local schooling shows.

Our first ride is on youtube:

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