We went from too narrow to too wide.
*sigh*As it happens I can't return the new saddle. I can trade it (have to find out the details to that) or try to sell it privately.
So between the saddle not fitting and a nasty crack he's got on his front left hoof Appy's feeling a bit ouchy. The kind of ouchy you can feel at a walk, if you know your horse and pay attention, and that you can see at a trot. I would have loved to see what he could do but its not worth risking hurting him more so I scratched him.
Voodoo... he still ran. And run he did! Now don't go getting the wrong idea, he's still not a 1D or even 2D horse. But holy smokes did he have wheels on! He ran SO hard to first that I literally said out loud "Oh shit, turn!" when it was time to rate. lol
His usual style is to roll in at a good clip, wrap 1st and pick up speed throughout the pattern. Not today. Today he started off hard right from the gate. Then instead of just running he picked up speed every. single. stride. to the barrel. And the arena we're running in this weekend is pretty darn big, with the pattern set deep into the arena so it was a looong way to the timers and to 1st. I had no idea if he was going to blow by it or turn, thankfully when I said "Oh shit, turn!" I followed it with an "easy" and he turned.
OMG I was so thankful lol.Fast time up to that point was a 19 so I was hoping for a 21, which we got. Unfortunately the fast time moved up to an 18 something. Not sure where I'll end up in the payout for today, I didn't hear many 20's so there is still a (small) chance for day money. And if we can be consistent and have a nice run again tomorrow who knows, maybe just maybe we'll sneak into the prizes.
(and there are some nice prizes this year!)