When I bought my Whippy, there was a little hole in the doeskin at the front edge of the fixed head. Unfortunately, with all the riding I have been doing in it, the hole has gotten bigger!
I think I'm going to take it with me when I go to the Nationals at Addington to spectate and shop and see if Laura Dempsey can sew a little patch on there. Until then, it's Vetrap!
We only had a quick 10 minute schooling session this morning as I had wanted to work on my right shoulder and letting Hattie know that she didn't have to be so bendy in the neck! I notice in photos that although my right shoulder is back, that it drops slightly. I've always had this problem as my spine is a bit crooked and I tend to sit that way in chairs too so this morning I practiced, at a walk, just lifting my right shoulder slightly. It felt better and I think Hattie preferred it but boy did it feel strange so we will have to keep plodding on with this.
Also at a walk, I was holding my reins slightly higher than I normal do and just "sponging" the inside rein when I started to see Hattie's poll go down too much which means she then goes behind the vertical. She was getting it so at that point, I stopped as if I do too much with her, she gets brain overload and does the opposite of what I want!
It was a short but sweet schooling session today!
Jeanne, a fellow side saddle rider and follower of my blog, emailed me with some of side saddles that she wishes to sell. I said that I would put them up here in case anyone is interested in any of these lovelies. I do not know anything else about them except what she has emailed me but she did say that she would forward on more photos if anyone was interested or if they needed more information. Jeanne is in the USA and I can forward on her email address if anyone wishes to know more about any of the saddles or to ask if she will ship internationally.
Here is the info Jeanne sent me....
***EDITED JUNE 24, 2011...ALL THE OWENS HAVE BEEN SOLD! THE MARTIN & MARTIN STILL NEEDS REHOMING!!
***EDITED NOVEMBER 18, 2011...THE MARTIN & MARTIN HAS NOW SOLD!!
Martin & Martin:
"All leather saddle with medium pommels and recent leather underside. It is ready to ride, has the dual pommel positions, original M&M breakaway fitting with leather, balance girth and sidesaddle iron. Seat length/width on this saddle is 21" x 13" (17" UK measurements). This is a very nice saddle, budget priced at $1650.00 US."
Wide Owen on a Wykham Pad:
"Wide Owen, with a sewn on "wykeham" panel. The panel was redone in Britain a few years ago but I do not know who did the work. It had been recently redone prior to my purchase of the saddle. 21" x 13" seat (16" UK measurement). $2650.00 US"
Regular Tree Owen:
"Owen with "regular" tree, which has been on an Arabian cross and an appendix Quarter horse gelding. Wide pommels with doeskin on the pommels and seat. Linen undersides and wool flocked panels. Seat length/width of 21" x 13" (16" UK measurement). Comes with stirrup fitting, balance girth and a new sidesaddle iron. The iron was purchased recently from Britain. $2450.00 US."
"Wide Owen that has been on a warmblood cross and a foundation type Morgan (very round boy). Wide pommels with doeskin on the pommels and seat. Linen undersides and wool flocked panels. Seat length/width of 21.5" x 13.5". Comes with stirrup fitting, balance girth and a new sidesaddle iron. The iron was purchased recently from Britain. $2650.00 US."
"All of the above sidesaddles have trees that are reinforced for jumping. I would include a new fleece cover with any purchase (yes, I make those). All prices are in US dollars, shipping not included in price. I have lots of photos available to e-mail on all of my sale saddles and can take whatever measurements anyone needs. The seat measurements are the US form of measuring, from the front of the upright pommel to the back edge of the seat."