Horses, and Saddles, and Pads - Oh My !!
love to ride the trails at Hocking Hills State Park in Hocking
me, this love of horse is in my blood. I was called
to it from birth. Perhaps this love is genetic, but
none of my family has ever been drawn to the horse
with the exception of my great Uncle Winston.
My dad said that my Virginia uncle was an avid horseman with
great skill. But, Uncle Winston couldn't have influenced me
because I didn't know about him until I was well into horses
as a young adult. So, I ruled out genetics.
have no doubt that some of us are born to befriend and
know the horse - to become one with the horse as we hone
our instincts into more useful equine knowledge.
is a deep connection, an emotion that can produce tears
in our eyes and a lump in our throat as we watch a graceful
European Warmblood with its rider arch skillfully
over a 6 foot fence at a Grand Prix event.
its in the blood, you have to struggle to hold back
the tears while watching the beauty and mystic of the reining
horse spinning on a dime and performing the awesome gliding
sense the bold and courageous heart of the horse that enables
him to perform in challenging athletics like the Grand Prix.
there is the strong, steady, dependable endurance horse
that travels a 100 miles per day. Why do these performances
touch our feelings so?
feel sure it's in our blood, abiding deeply and mysteriously
inside us horse lovers.
are 4 major blood types now - O, A, B and AB. But, I feel
sure that when the medical sciences finally catch up with
us equine enthusiasts, they'll discover a fifth blood
type - H
may have been a while since you felt that special blend
between horse and rider that frees you both to discover
a very satisfying place in nature's playground.
that magic feeling between horse, rider and nature that
most intrigues me and, I hope, that it engages you as well.
the years, I've bought many different kinds of saddles
and pads and until now I've usually been less then satisfied.
Buying ill-fitting saddles has been expensive and disappointing.
learned some costly lessons along the way. Now, I understand
the challenges involved with finding the right saddle.
years ago, I was having a lot of problems riding my horse
because he had a very sore back.
when my quest to understand saddle fit started.
Varley of Annandale Farms wrote a wonderful article for
the 1993 edition of Gaitway/CELEBRATION entitled "Don't
Blame the Horse, Check Your Saddle".
article influenced me a lot, and I've reprinted it here,
with her permission, for your enjoyment and benefit.
a result of my experiences, I decided to offer fellow
horse enthusiasts a valuable saddle and pad solution.
solution helps riders to enjoy their sport more, and
it helps horses feel increased comfort resulting in
better horsey behavior.
you haven't started your saddle fit quest this website is
a very good place to begin your search. If you've been searching
for some time, then you can rest now. I've provided this
website for you, and it's one of the best places to find
a saddle and pad that best suites your needs, and at the
right price, too.
proper combination of Sports Saddle and Equalizer pad will
help you to re-discover the magic of horse-back riding.
Many riders will benefit from using treeless sports saddles
and equalizer saddle pads.
can select from a wide variety of models and optional
there are so many selections and options to choose from,
I will add a lot of value by helping you to make your
selections and facilitating the sales and delivery process.
me if you need help,
Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, April 22, 2002 12:24 AM
I am still so excited about your saddles and cannot WAIT
to order mine. I am so happy to find a saddle that is so
comfortable for the horse and the rider!! You really answered
lots of questions!!!
love all the options. I love how light the saddle is and
of course the comfort. Much more than I dared hope to find
for an over 50 rider!!
the way, I am SURE you did inherit your love of horses from
your Great Uncle Winston. A couple months ago I mentioned
to my mom that I figured our love of horses came from her
dad but didn't know why I was so especially drawn to draft
horse types. She told me that my Grandpa and his dad and
grandfather raised Percherons! Isn't that something?
had three horses growing up, my youngest sister had one,
and my other sister, niece and I always have friends who
have horses for us to ride. My brother married a horse nut!
the other hand, I couldn't understand how my husband and
family had never even thought of such a crazy notion as
getting a horse and then I learned NOT ONE person in three
generations ever had one!! There was one aunt who was interested
in horses but she was convinced by the rest of the family
her life would be ruined if she got a horse!!
website is awesome -- I have much more I want to read! Thanks
for spending the afternoon at Springwater Farm!