Yea...the time is finally Nye- to pick up the "KONKLUSION" saddle I ordered back in February2011!
Driving up to Washington on this first of several gorgeous "SPRUMMER" days (spring/summer together) was so perfect!
It was a gorgeous day for driving with the view of the White capped Mount Hood in front of me, and the Columbia River off to the side of the freeway. What special people the Weidners (creators of the ANSUR saddle) are...they are so busy making saddles for everyone, but took the time to talk and sit with me. I inspected my saddle in the break room...it is beautiful !
Carole, the creator of "ANSUR", made room for me to sit in the saddle.
I could have taken the tour of the place...but they prefer to do those at the ends of the work day, as they can be so disruptive for the saddle worker bees. I totally understand and will go back later, when my stablemate Julie, is in the house during her apprenticeship.I WANTED TO RIDE anyway- so the tour is better put off for another time! Plans had been made for meeting a friend on the Oregon Fishing Club lands she rides frequently...those are the lands below our stable.
She had to cancel right at the last minute...but...that is okay with me....SAVORING THE NEW SADDLE is what I really wanted to do~ I know I used a seemingly food related word...but it is almost food like getting and having a saddle again...sustenance for the rider is the tack that fits and works well for the equine athlete, and themselves!!! Looked it up...Among the descriptions are :" To Appreciate Fully; Relish".
In the break room, there is a huge wall of photos of happy horses and mules and folks! This was a quarter of them....Carole pointed to one of the horses...the dejected Chestnut in the center photo- he scheduled to be Euthanized...because of his terrible ,dangerous ways...it was the saddle fit that troubled him...that is him alive and under saddle below, middle. You can't see the white hairs on his withers..but I did, standing there.
Below, is how I did that Saddle Savoring. To beginning to end result, to me finally riding last Friday, took over an hour and a half to be ready to go. I loved it...took my time.
The mare was NOT dirty in the least.
I just wanted it to be such a positive experience for her. Tacking up the saddle, over the years, has gotten worse and worse...so if this New Saddle, and all it does represent to me being made without a wood tree and with a NASA material that is fully flexible/shock absorbing for my mare's ultimate comfort and performance-if it was truly going to be different for us...the beginning needed to be!
If there is ONE THING I have learned from being a TB mare's girl..it is that "remembered pain, is sometimes as real as the actual thing."
The mare, was interested to sniff, lick and inspect it...and just hang out with her new "Special ordered", hand crafted saddle. I will add, she totally appreciated the lax mood of- maybe we'll tack up and maybe not. Yea, Although I wanted to ride really badly, I did not want her to react to me tacking up with the new saddle. I had decided that this had to go smoothly and with out ears pensively coming back, or her pawing.
I also was inspecting the saddle slowly myself...it has quite a few "removable" leg blocks. 2 under the front panel and one behind the calf.
( a little forward on that calf triangle looking block..i was riding aloing and felt such a bad buring feeling in oine of my claves..I thought.."dang, been without stirrups so long I've a charlie horse!" NOPE...it was the block bruisiung me! I took both off and shoved them into my pockets.
It was soo nice to have stirrups again!!!
And I must add..the mare twists to the right...usually throwing me over to the left. I ask her to do bends around my lf leg and give me an left eyeball through out any ride.
After such a positive ride I made sure the mare had a cooling, gentle shower with a Horse Wash product I found years ago...it really has lasted!! It has all knids of neat herbs in it!
You attach the hose to the actual bottle, and it has setting for Off/Rinse/Wash so you don't even have to turn off the water after you suds up.
So, even though this seat is extra cushy..my tushy was sore- sore!
WEAR MARKS...my first of so many more to come!
POSITIVE, ENCOURAGING...is how I do sum up the first ride!!