So the lovely and beautiful Euro leaves here this afternoon. I'm happy, mad, disgusted, and just glad not to deal with my physical issue anymore (which is still pretty darned miserable a week later thank you). I'll skip the specifics. But anyway, I think I'm going to just go ahead and put her into an Abetta Endurance. I've used that saddle before on Puddin' when we were doing tons of miles. Weighs fifteen pounds so easy to sling on and off, and the measuring wire indicated it should be a pretty good fit. I thought about another Crestridge as it has been my all time favorite saddle, but their light version is on another tree, and I just don't want to chance having a rise problem again. You can dump a lot of money on a saddle only to discover you or your horse aren't loving it. I know the Abetta will work for me as I rode 2000 miles in my last one. Not trendy...not expensive...but I will modify it. We will be putting a wear leather over the codura where the leathers (yes, leathers) slide, 1 1/2 leathers, caged stirrups (some people hate these but my feet are pretty small and want to slip through the endurance stirrups otherwise). I'll add enough dee rings to make your head twirl around. I am going to order an inch bigger seat than I used to have. Figure one inch bigger won't blow me out of the water and might give me more overall comfort.
Now onto the real point of this post.
Discipline: LD/Endurance, CMO, Trail Rider, Cartoonist, Writer, Co-Director/ Green Bean Endurance
Favorite Links for training, gear, and memberships!
- National Association of Competitive Mounted Orienteering
- HOW TO CMO
- What is CMO?
- Old Dominion Endurance Rides
- Renegade Hoof Boots
- Riding vs. Racing a discussion with the Duck.
- Trumbull Mountain's INTRO TO ENDURANCE RIDING
- Principles of Conditioning
- Conditioning the endurance horse by SERA
- Short Article: Feeding & Training the Endurance Horse
- Feeding the Endurance Horse, Swedish Author
- Preventing Dehydration In the Endurance Horse, Ontario Competitive Trail Riding Association
- Jim Holland's fantastic training links here!
- South Eastern Distance Rider's Association