Breaking in a new saddle

I just realized breaking in new tack is like breaking in a nice pair of new shoes.  Which is why I don’t buy new shoes often either!

While trying to break in my new saddle, there were so many things I didn’t take into account (which is why the first ride was about ten minutes).

1. With different rigging, the same girth won’t fit the same

2. Stiff fenders make proper foot alignment tricky

3.  I must either wear jeans or full size boots until I get the stirrups moving right

4.  When trying to convince Kobi to trot – it was super difficult when the stirrup buckle hit the girth buckle (see issue 1)

I’m sure with some slight modifications (like a new girth & pants), things will be working smoothly by Spring…it’s just a sad day when you have to retire your trusty saddle that conformed to both rider and horse and experienced everything right along with you.

About Heather Hamel

Growing up with horses is a little girls dream come true. Heather’s dream in life was to be a horse trainer - how dreams change - sort of! She moved to the wonderfully historic town of St. Augustine, Florida and was a historic tour guide and a ghost story teller while putting herself through college to become a special education teacher. After graduating, she felt the pull of horses in her life again. That's when she met Kobi! She learned quickly that when you own horses you become a part time vet, part time nutritionist, and full time equestrian. She wouldn't change a thing! In addition to being completely obsessed with her herd, she still teaches and tutors students with learning disabilities, and more specifically, dyslexia.
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