The saddle is going back today. (Insert sad face and happy face here.)
Part of me is quite upset that it didn't work out and I'm kind of bummed, but the other part of me is happy because I think I've figured myself out a bit, I don't have to worry about my parents' footing some of the bill for the saddle and I don't have to freak out over saddle fit. For those of you that just ride English and don't know much about Western - Western saddles, unless you have a very hard to fit horse, are soooooooooo much easier to fit to a horse. I doubt Red would be hard to fit but I don't want to have to worry about hurting my horse or him becoming lame or something. Plus, I have to ask myself where I think I'll want to be in a few years, or in the next few months, even, when he's home. Do I want to work more on what I'm currently working on (western, ranch work, roping and liberty) or do I want to change it up completely? Do I want to add something to that list when I lack time as it is?
|Backing up, when he actually let me back him which is HUGE.|
Red is such a good horse and I know that with time and patience, he could do whatever I throw at him, but after everything that he's been through, I want to focus on what he likes more. Even though he didn't seem uncomfortable or look uneasy with the new tack and did everything I asked, I personally don't think he was as happy than when he has a Western saddle on. It wasn't anything else but the saddle, I know that because of our little "wee we are going to play!" session in the pasture before the ride, when he was happily running around the pasture with me and playing. Maybe he was confused by it or just not as eager to have a fancier headset and do different things. Either way, Red's a perfect picture of a western horse. He loves it and that's what he most happily excels in, so I think that's what we'll focus on now, other than our liberty because he loves that, too.
|Be honest...can you do this with your horse? ;)|
Red's an easy going guy, very calm and chill. English isn't very calm or chill, if you are honest. It's more uptight, which isn't a bad thing, but I don't think it's our thing.
And before I go...it's almost AUGUST. Two months and this cutie will be home with me! Praying that the rezoning meeting goes okay!