Saturday, July 4, 2009

Butterscotch horse treats, a saddle cover, and a giveaway

Again today (Friday), I'd planned on working with Panama but ended up not being able to. For one thing, I realized after arriving at the barn that I'd forgotten to get fly spray on my way, and since the flies were especially active I decided to leave to go get some and bring it back. But it turned out to be just as well, because shortly after I left the second time it got dark and started to pour.

While I was at the feed store buying fly spray, I also picked up a bag of treats, as I've been running low. I buy bite-size treats, because I can feed more of them and because they're only about six bucks for a good-sized bag at my feed store. (Twice that at the tack store — unbelieveable markup!) They were out of the apple treats I used to get, and I decided to try something different than the peppermint I got last time around, so this time I got butterscotch.

Have you ever given your horse something new and good to eat, and watched their reaction? When I fed Panama a butterscotch treat, he started chewing it like normal, and it was a moment before he really tasted it. His eyes got big and he immediately turned his head right back toward me. He obviously likes these treats very much, and I don't blame him — they smell so good I've actually considered trying one myself!

The only other news for today is that I finally found a saddle cover I liked. I'd bought a plain black one for really cheap on eBay recently, but it turned out to be too small for my saddle. The new one is nicer, a soft fleece and no exposed elastic cord, and best of all it fits! Doesn't it look nice?

Plaid fleece English saddle cover

I didn't bother returning the other saddle cover because it was too cheap to make the refund worthwhile. If any of my readers can use it, though, I'd be happy to send it your way. It's black and made of a lightweight cotton canvas (in other words, not very soft, but functional). I think the saddle would have to be pretty small for this to fit, as mine is supposedly a 16 or 16.5 inch English saddle and it does not fit. Perhaps a child's saddle, or one that doesn't have the big thick flaps mine does?

Anyway, I have a feeling not many people actually have saddles this small, unless of course you have kids who ride English, so I'm not going to do my usual contest. The first person who tells me they have a small saddle they think it might fit, gets it.



At July 4, 2009 at 1:05 AM, Blogger Pony Girl said...

I wonder if my horse would like butterscotch treats? :) He doesn't like peppermint.
I like the new saddle cover. Very stylin'! I don't have an English saddle. Well, I have one a friend loaned me to try on my horse, which I haven't done yet. Maybe I'll do that this weekend! :)

At July 4, 2009 at 4:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pretty saddle cover! I try to buy my treats at the feed store for the same reason - their prices are very reasonable.

At July 4, 2009 at 12:50 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Thanks for the compliments on the saddle cover. I wanted something different and less boring than the usual ones. eBay has a great selection, and there are good prices if you are willing to spend the time to look.

Pony Girl, if you want to try a few butterscotch treats without buying a whole bag, I'll mail you a handful or so. Just email me with your address.

I have yet to find a treat Panama doesn't like, but I can tell by his expression when he likes something more than usual. He also loves fresh carrots and apples, but the one time I tried giving him a bite of banana, he made a face and spit it back out. :o)


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