Too many things going on today, so no Bob time.
I did go look at a couple of Percherons today with Bethany, our guest fencer, in tow. Sweet-tempered, beautiful horses, but I’m not sure either is what I am looking for. I just did some groundwork with them today, so I may go back for a second look with a friend next week. Or, maybe not—neither measures up to Emma. And they both seemed really slow. Good feet, but not as nice as Emma’s.
Kim’s saddle arrived today. It is a used adjustable-fit western saddle by Specialized Saddles, which should work well for Bob as he continues to get into better condition (and changes shape). I was not at all impressed with the eBay seller’s packing job, which consisted of a dozen sheets of wadded up newspaper and a flimsy cardboard box. Nice. Fortunately, the saddle is in good shape, with just a few scuffs here and there from normal wear and tear. It was kinda dusty and the latigo looks like it has been folded up for quite awhile, so I think this has been sitting in a closet somewhere for a couple of years.
Based on a crude test sit in the living room, I think the seat will fit Kim comfortably. I was hoping that some extra shims would come with it, but nope. It also needs stirrups (which I knew) and a cinch (which I didn’t know). Even having to buy those things, it’s still a good deal. Tomorrow I will take it out to the barn and see how it fits Bob so I can figure out what shims I need to order.
Now if we can just get Kim’s back to stop spasming, we might be able to get her up for a short ride.