I loaded it into my truck and at day's end we headed out to the barn.
I frantically used by keys to open the box, having forgot my pocket knife at home. In my haste, I was able to get the thick packing tape ripped open.
|My first glimpses of the saddle!|
Milo looked on, asking "Whats going on over there, Mom?"
"Oh something very, very special Milo. Just you wait and see."
|Its even balanced on a truck sideboard!|
I collected Milo and when I arrived in the barn aisle-way I had an audience, waiting for me to put the saddle they all have witnessed me wait for for the long grueling months. So I did, gladly.
Now to refresh your memory, lets go through all of the specifications on the saddle, shall we? The saddle is built on a #2 bar About the Horse tree, in Reiner design. It is built in genuine Herman Oak Leather, promising durability and longevity. It is a 15.5" seat, measured from thigh width. It has a custom ordered "show line" skirt on it, providing not only the larger skirt size, but the butterfly cut out for closer contact.
|White stitching throughout|
|Rawhide Rope Roll with silver lacing. Rosettes adorn the rear, with d rings and trail strings for more accent. Chocolate edging throughout, giving an even greater finished and detailed look, drawing in the chocolate from the seat.|
|Attention to detail, even in the knife holder on the flank cinch.|
|More detail still, in the stamped pre-turned bell stirrups. Stamped logo on stirrup hobbles for more accent.|
|More attention to detail in stamped About the Horse Logo on hand made mohair cinch.|
But heres where the really great qualities of the saddle come to play:
|This diamond rigging allows for complete shoulder freedom!! Milo should be super excited and feel confident in lifting up into this saddle.|
|Right Milo? Super excited? Mom here is elated! You could show a little bit of enthusiasm. Do you know how much money was spent on this, and how long I have waited for it?|
"Feels like a saddle to me, Mom. Saddles mean work."
|Alright grumpy-pants. But you look so darned cute in it!!|
And then, the magic moment, where at long last my hinney graced the folds of my own fitting western saddle again. Sheer joy I tell ya.
But the best thing about Dave's About the Horse saddles are not their beauty (though that is a strong contender). Its that the saddles fit the horse correctly, and they put their rider where they are supposed to be. With the help of Sarah, I can maintain this correct position.
I'll let you all absorb this marvel, with more on the first ride to come!