I was to have had the "tagging/pricing" done the Monday before. But the unforseen storm of the previous days ride, had me pretty wiped out.
The mare and me went back, 2 days later, to see the redecorated trails.
Trees were sideways and then we saw the ones that had broken near us, as we got pelted with sideways rains, and that loud, fierce wind!
They did not seem all that scarey now...
...but that day, as the sounds of the wind hitting the treetops and the loud cracks of them shattering and flying from the tree....
...was a very terrifying moment for the mare!
Mee too, as My thighs went into lock down mode-around my mare when she whirled and I quickly directed her, by pulling the reins away from the land bridge . She then flew in a scared canter away from the bridge with leg eating holes. AMAZING HOW your mind can flash so many things in a seconds time, for the right decision to be made in the same instant! I KNEW...at all cost, don't allow her to run across that bridge!
All that to say... My feet and ankles took a beating from jumping off the mare ( many times that day) and having her pull me up the uneven, slick hill home, then running with her as well. So the next day Monday, was not a very organised or energised day! I sat on the couch with Freyda cat on my lap, ice on my ankles and tea in my hand-recovering.
I had creative plans for the price tags. It included going through the horsey/tack catalogs to find the photos of items being sold , so there was a reference to original costs and also-shipping if they thought they'd want to buy new.
I have to say, my prices for the quality tack items, was very good. I take excellent care of my tack.
Some of it was a quick fix, for the current stable's needs at the time. Ot a quick fix for a saddle i was trying to get to work. The LG metal ROLLING TACK CART ( upper rt) was actually bought for me by the Private Barn owner, for her place. She had no tack room and I had tack!!! It was excellent and I used it in the next stable as well. But since, I've moved to facilities that have tack rooms/lockers, like the one I am currently in. So, the ROLLING TACK RACK is taking up space in our basement! My husband was all too happy to see something leave the house!
The woman that bought the ROLLING TACK RACK at this TACK SALE was so funny...she was practically drooling...she had her cell in her hand, calling her husband. She took a photo of it, sent it to him and asked , "Could he make one, that rolled, for $90.00??!!"
I had it staged well ,with a saddle on the top rack, pads on the second one,a bridle and girths, martingale hanging on the back hanger. It also had a tray in the bottom w/ grooming tools, and leg wraps and jodper boots. I used it well, and it was time for it to GO!!
The husband said, "Honey, you buy that one, I'm not making one like it!" Good!!!
While some of the items were in such good order and I will probably still use them in the future, BUT =I need my saddle worse!
It was tremendously BUSY at this sale...the vendors set up quickly and come around anytime from 7am on...then the real people come through at 8:30am till 2 pm.
I NEVER SAT DOWN ONCE!! (save the rest room stops -twice)
My inventory was:
3 cotton dressage pads (sold 1)
2 Aisle guards (10-12 foot)for the arena entrance or run in stalls ( 1 spoken for now, at my stable)
22" black Mecate Reins w horsehair/ leather slobber straps
grazing muzzle new
2 silver Western Belts ( sissy's, 1 sold)
2 Dressage girths(1 sold)
Pair of 40 yr old "Hippo" brushing boots" ( my sissy's)with buckles
( this item was picked up the most and thought over the longest...but never sold!- I wish I had my camera for all the people that pondered over these brushing boots. They were in pretty good condition, but the brand is probably extinct and it really threw folks off. Interesting folks, like these two gentlemen. Tall and lean, hunter jumper looking guys or even Polo.)
a horsey coat
It was really fun to see people find EXACTLY what they sought and for a price they could afford too! At one point...someone was wavering about something and I did the hard sell of telling them how nice it was having the item, that I got a replacement... and I added," this sale was for my new saddle purchase"...they bought! I thanked!!
It was a grueling 5 hours, that went by like practically nothing!! Save the backache of standing upon concrete the whole time. I feel so much worse doing that, than riding bareback -for longer!
And I made near $500 towards the balance of $1,400 for this beauty! The ANSUR Konklusion Multi purpose saddle~
It's being hand crafted for me right now, as I type!
This little gal has a neat testimoney on the ANSUR web site..click HERE to read...she rides in the KONKLUSION saddle I am getting.
All in all it was a fabulous sale...and I am glad that I was allowed to share sale space in the 4H booth of a friend. I sold lots of items for them too. They were sitting talking and taking the $ .I always moved things to better positions and helped folks sit in one of the 4 western saddle s that sold. It's amazing to me-people get on those little metal saddle stands-on top- of a heavy saddle!!! It held up well though.
I WISH I would have sold my Dressage saddle!! I noticed something...the Western folks( that bought these saddles) were far LESS discerning over all the things I would have been than the few English riders that looked at my saddle were.I mean, "I WOULDN'T "buy a saddle at a sale like this, knowing all I know about my mare and all the others saddles I thought would work!!!
I saw 2 folks come in with actual cut-out cardboard paper pieces, of their horses actual wither to back angles. ALL others liked/bought the Western saddles- for what it LOOKED like!
There ya have it!!! Now I send my remaining tack peices to the coast with my sissy. She has a booth at a resale wearhouse..tack does sell well there!!
Wa mare...wake up... I know you hear me...focus now...I've something to tell you...
I am getting closer to giving you a better feeling ride!!