Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Making my own browbands now (for sale!)

New curved black padded 16" dressage browband featuring 8mm Irish shamrock Czech glass, gold swarovski-style rondelle beads, and  green azurite chrysocolla beads. 16"  Browband from Delfina Saddlery.  Beads are hand-strung with wire and stitched-in, not glued. $90. I have additional shamrock beads and can make a similar style to order.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Brown is the new black: Dressage saddle for sale!

How I came to own this saddle is a long-ish story, but while I like it, and love the adjustable tree, it is too small for me (I was hoping I could squeeze into it). It is an older model Lovatt & Ricketts 17" adjustable tree (easy turnkey system). If you aren't familiar with L&R their saddles are designed for low-withered horses -- Arabs, Morgans, Quarter Horses, and their name used to be the Arabian Saddle Company (I think?). I have ridden in it several times -- a nice, comfortable, close-contact saddle to sit in and while some adjustable trees just don't "sit well" on a horse, this one fits Riley, a medium and another horse who is a wide, once adjusted. I actually can't believe it fits Riley :-). I'm asking $1K.

Monday, August 18, 2014

True Grit riding: Psychological characteristics of successful riders

From Holly Martin Photography

From The Science of Equestrian Sports : Theory, Practice and Performance of the Equestrian Rider by Wolframm, Inga, Taylor and Francis: Florence, KY. 2013.

Takeaway message
Don't be a namby pamby!