From Endurance to Dressage
I've had a slight saddle repair job that I knew needed to be done, but I just couldn't face giving up my saddle for a week, or worse, even two. I don't write about every ride I do because I would bore you straight to Youtube or Facebook where you could see stuff like this. I swear if you click on the link you will laugh hysterically. Well ... maybe not as it is an ongoing story and this is just one event in the story.
Anywhoo ... I ride every. Single. Day. Unless it's pouring rain, which has only happened in California like three times this year, and it happened at night or while I was at work so even then it didn't prevent me from riding. We also go to our cabin monthly, but even then I try to ride right before we leave and I always hop on as soon as we come back. Except this weekend we might actually leave and be gone for two nights which means I definitely won't ride on Saturday. Which also means there probably won't be a Saturday blog post. My apologies as there likely won't be an internet connection.
So, giving up my saddle for any length of time was just something that I couldn't stand to do. But ulitmately, I admitted that I needed it fixed. I called Jack over at Granite Station Saddlery and explained how absolutely important it was that I pick up my saddle the very next day (if at all possible, sir). I am sure he stood there with the phone hanging loosely as he rolled his eyes thinking, this gal is slightly nuts. Who does she think she is? A dressage rider? Even with my unreasonable request, he assured me that it could be done and that I could pick it up by four. Whew! As promised, the saddle repair was done as I arrived before 4:00 the next afternoon.
I of course forgot to take a photo of the "broken" part, but here's a photo of the left side. The stitching that holds the knee roll in place is done with a very loopy stitch. I don't like it. On the right side, the thread snapped and unraveled. I am sure the same thing will eventually happen on this side, too. I did ask that this side be repaired as well, but the worker who actually did the sewing didn't understand my request. No biggie. When the threads on this side break, I'll just take it in again.
Here's the right side after the repair work. This seems like better stitch work to me. The whole job cost $45.
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About the Writer and Rider
I am a lifelong rider.
I began endurance riding in 1996 where I ultimately completed five, one-day 100 mile races, the 200-mile Death Valley Encounter, and numerous other 50, 65, and 75 mile races. I began showing dressage in 2010.
Welcome to my dressage journey.
About Speedy G
Speedy went from endurance horse to dressage horse. After helping me earn a USDF Bronze medal in the summer of 2020, he is now semi-retired. Speedy is a 2004, 15'1 hand, purebred Arabian gelding. His Arabian Horse Registry name is G Ima Starr FA.
Izzy was started as a four-year old and then spent the next 18 months in pasture growing up. I bought him as a six-year old, and together, we are showing at the lower levels. He is a 2008, 16'3 hand warmblood gelding. His Rheinland Pfalz-saar International (RPSI) name is Imperioso.
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