Okay, so I did some measuring tonight and research on English saddles and I believe that, if I'm measuring in the right place, the saddle tree/gullet whatever you English people call them is a 7". Everywhere I read said that a 7" would be considered a "wide" which I'm kind of hoping for because..better big than too small, right? I could always use a halfpad? Throw the ideas at me because I'm clueless!!
|This obviously isn't my picture but this is where I measured! Correct?!?!?|
Now, let's all look at Red's back to see what we've got...
|He has a wither but it isn't extremely high at all.|
Right now I'm just crossing my fingers that the saddle will fit because I love it already. :P I discussed the whole paying monthly thing to my mom and she said that if I was ever running too low, she would take care of it because I've earned it from all the work I do at the house (cleaning, babysitting, taking care of the animals and etc) so that's just one thing that I get to cross off of my "ahhh can I really do this" list. I was nervous this morning about doing this whole thing because I don't have that many English riding supporters, my mom is a western rider through and through so it'll be interesting. English riders from Tennessee - come help! ;)
Before I delve into my current "want list"..... I also talked to my neighbor who brought me the saddle about a trainer that she's using. She's quite cheap and other than "yelling a lot" she's very nice, apparently. I don't mind the yelling, sooo....I may talk to her about giving some english lessons later on. OH and also...the saddle came with a 26 inch girth...Red uses a 26" for his Western saddle...would that maybe work?? I'm clueless!
Anywho, here's my current "want list" for my English endeavors...for, ya know, when I can allow myself to spend money again and Mr. Saddle is paid off.
Red gets super irritated with flies and I think a fly bonnet would be great, especially for trails. I'd love to get one like the one above but with navy blue or black trim instead of white.
|Hmmm maybe this?|
|I like this, but with burgundy trim and navy cord.|
|I admit...I LOVE plaid breeches.|
This won't be something that I'll splurge on for awhile, probably. I'll just suck it up and use jeans and find a seat cover for the saddle, maybe, so the leather doesn't get ruined. Breeches are expensive and I can't justify spending that much...yoga pants, maybe? ;) I mean, I don't show...hahaha!
|Like this... (found on google with no link)|
|Or maybe a sidepull.....like this. (found on google with no link)|
I have a minor dilemma which only matters to me because I'm particular with tack matching. My western tack is brown. My - possible - english saddle is black. While I was hoping for a black dressage saddle, brown would've been better in reality but shoot, if I'm going to pay $150 (way out of my price range for this stingy girl, even though it IS cheap in reality) and make payments...I'm going to splurge on what I want. Even if it means dealing with brown and black tack for awhile.
Who knows, maybe I'll win another Dr. Cook bridle giveaway and pick the black english style ;)
|Sorry for quality! With the lime trim. (From Statelinetack)|
|Love this color. From EquineNow|
|Loooveeee. From Equis|
|I'll take one of each, plus a peach color. Centaur Pads|
I won't lie - I freak out over how cheap English pads are (the majority, at least!) compared to Western. Of course, there are VERY pricey pads but I could buy like 5 dressage pads from Stateline tack or ChicksSaddlery for the price of like 2 western pads. I love the idea of switching his looks around so much easier! The next colors I get will probably be either peach or mint green. I just love pastel colors. I love patterns, too, so not sure! I still have my burgundy pad with navy blue trim and a white monogram so it'll be my main pad for awhile.
|I kind of love these. No lie. I have no need for anything like this but I love them.||From StatelineTack|
I already have a pair of English reins (plain BROWN urghhh) and I'll probably just order a pair of rope reins because leather+long trail rides=ouchy hands, but yeah. These are cute.
|Not the prettiest but you can use touchscreens with them which means no taking them off to take pictures or call/text. From StatelineTack|
|Winter gloves. Lined. ooohhhhhhh yes. From StatelineTack|
|I want these in every color. From StatelineTack|
StirrupsLast thing on my list are stirrups. My stirrups aren't in the best of shape, they work but will probably need to be replaced before too long, but I'll have to do research on different styles to see what I prefer. I also may need a new girth..maybe...
Yay for the world of English!