No Bob (no nattering)

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.

About Mike

Michael Heggen is a horseman, maker, and thinker who lives in Salem, Oregon with his wife, Kim, and "three to eight cats". He stays quite busy riding, driving, and caring for their three horses, Boulder, Shasta, and Bob. Among other things, Mike has been a fencing coach, police chaplain, computer consultant, aspirant to the diaconate, computer salesman, box boy, carpenter, computer technician, typesetter, church youth leader, copy machine operator, and network administrator. His other interests include juggling, reading voraciously, and (pretty occasionally these days) cycling.
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