|Wanting to know where the treats went|
Since the saddle weighs like 3 pounds (I'm not convinced there's an actual tree in it), I figured it wouldn't hurt to start putting it on Cinder a bit. I don't have a dressage girth, and don't really want to buy one just for saddling practice, so I used the girth off of my surcingle. Cinder couldn't have cared less about the saddle or girth and was more interested in seeing if she could eat the saddle than anything. She's super mouthy right now and wants to chew on everything.
|Can I eat it?|
I walked her around the arena for all of 5 minutes with it on and I was more worried than she was. We tried again a few days later and same thing; she didn't care about it at all. For her third saddling, I wanted to introduce stirrups and let them flop around but was too lazy to pull them off my saddle and put them on the Wintec. So I put my saddle on her.
|Saddle pad from my barn in high school, circa 2001|
Peeb's 48" girth actually almost fit. She could probably wear a 44" or 46". We started with the stirrups up and then I dropped them and bounced them against her. Once again, she didn't care. I'm hoping to saddle her once a week or so, gradually increasing how much I do with her and how long she's wearing it for. And if anyone has a used 44" or 46" girth for sale, let me know!