Here, I'll give you a peek at my "new" reining saddle:
Shirley's so that model is her handsome boy Beamer! Yup, I bought Shirley's Bob Loomis after seeing it in her Sunday Stills 'Macros' challenge with the note that its for sale.
Here it is on my boy, Voodoo:
He asks that you please excuse his scruffy winter coat lolIt was kinda neat how it came to be. I had casually been keeping an eye out for a "new" saddle (really, new or used didn't matter) I wanted something affordable, well made, comfortable and NOT a barrel saddle. Calm down now, I still plan on running the barrels. I just want something to chase cows, trail ride and take lessons in. I really like both my barrel saddles (well actually I have 3 but 1 is a semiQH bar and doesn't fit either of the boys) But I've noticed that the barrel saddles tend to push me forward a bit.
After taking lessons last winter I decided to start keeping my eyes open for something else, although I didn't really know what.
When Shirley mentioned that her saddle was for sale I e-mailed her and in a flurry of e-mails we exchanged enough info for me to decide that her saddle was IT. Shipping was fast, it left Friday afternoon and got here Monday evening, too late to ride in though and Tuesdays I'm not able to squeeze in any riding time. Wednesday I finally got to try it out. It was gorgeous out, LK & I saddled up Applejack and Voodoo and rode to the indoor next door, although I think it was actually warmer outside than in the arena! lol
One thing that threw me for a loop was the rigging. It took me a second but I'm pretty sure I got it:
Thanks so much Shirley for leaving the off side done up so I had a 'pattern' to follow
Something kinda neat, I didn't have to adjust the stirrups or the cinch placement. So while Shirley is a couple inches taller than me our legs seem to be the same length , and our boys seem to have the same size 'waist'.
I really liked riding in this saddle. I felt very balanced and centered. But while Shirley may have run a barrel pattern or two in it I don't think I will be anytime soon! I'm SO not used to such a low cantle lol That's definitely something I'm going to have to get used to!
I just hope that when Voodoo is in his sleek and shiny summer coat that he'll look as good in this saddle as Beamer did :) (even though I think this is a fall or winter pic of Beamer, he sure doesn't look as shaggy as Voodoo lol)
Now I just need to get a back cinch and find my spare breast collar, or maybe buy one?