Tuesday, September 1, 2009

There is a saddle in my kitchen!

my horse saddle

I brought my saddle home on Friday to clean it and wash the saddle pad. Before throwing the saddle pad into the washing machine, I tried out a trick I've heard of: using a curry to loosen embedded hair on the underside of the pad. It worked like a charm!

It also occurred to me for the first time that since my girth is fabric, I can throw that in the washing machine with the pad. I threw my saddle cover in there too while I was at it.

I used Leather New on the saddle this time, just like I had when I cleaned my bridle recently. I've oiled the saddle a couple of times before with neatsfoot oil, but apparently it didn't need it because the oil just wouldn't absorb. The Leather New didn't fare much better, as it left it a bit sticky in places, so next time I'll try Kate's suggestion of regular bar glycerin soap.

clean English saddle

Check out the nice new stirrup leathers! One of my old ones (which I'd bought used to save money when I first bought my saddle) started cracking where the stirrup usually sits. I don't know how risky that is, how likely they are to break, but I decided to play it safe and buy new ones.

I also got some other tack — new reins to replace my cracked ones, and a trail bridle. The trail bridle still has to be altered a bit — the side pieces that hold the bit on are too long, even though it's cob sized — but here is a picture of the halter part of it on!

Cob-size horse trail bridle without the bit

Doesn't he look cute in it? You wouldn't know at all by his expression that it took us about half a dozen tries, and almost as many panic attacks, before he let me put it on him. Apparently it looks very different going over his head than his regular bridle!

More pictures soon!



At September 2, 2009 at 10:40 AM, Blogger Nuzzling Muzzles said...

I've always wanted a halter / bridle combination. I've just been putting my halter underneath my bridles all these years.

At September 2, 2009 at 8:52 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

NM, that's probably actually more secure, because a leather halter can be broken much more easily. I hate doing that though, so I decided to spring for the combo. Keep your fingers crossed that we can alter the cheek pieces so that they fit!


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