I should have known better. Remember that awesome Laser 747 that fit Daatje so well? Well, it's not going to work out after all. (grrrrrrrr)
I had an AWESOME dressage school last night. We worked for 45 minutes, transistions, lengthenings, working on balance and straightness....the usual basic stuff
Tonight her back is so sore I can't even lightly brush it without getting a seriously dirty mare stare. Complete with pinned ears and swishing tail. I feel terrible. :( My poor dear mare. Not ONCE during our ride did she give me the slightest inclination that she was uncomfortable. She worked hard, was totally focused, forward and responsive. Oh, I wish she had let me know! I will never put that saddle on her back again.
So, we're back to s-q-u-a-r-e- o-n-e. Sigh.
I know what I have to do. They look funny, totally unconventional, but totally comfortable for the both of us. I've never had such success with a saddle as I've had with our Sensation G3 Jump. It appears it's time for me to invest in their Formal Dressage model.
There goes $1,400. And my plans to do a dressage test at the Groton House Summer Classic. God knows I'm not going to do it in my Sensation Jump saddle and unless I'm doing a test bareback, that's the only thing I've got right now that won't sore her back.
Mare, mare, mare.
It's ok though. I'm so busy with setting up the farm to bring the horses home, it's silly for me to try to compete in the midst of it all. Too distracting and added stress.....
I'm just really sorry I made her back sore.....my poor mare. I'll give her a couple weeks off from being ridden and when I can curry her back again without getting dagger eyes, we'll go for a ride. Until then, if I have time to work with her, we'll do some long lining. It's been a while and not a bad thing to practice every now and then.
So, looks like the Laser is going up on Ebay for a song. Anyone looking for one, might want to keep their eyes open!