After finding myself using different boots for schooling outings, I decided it was time to admit it: the MEs needed a new home (didn't take long!) and Isabel needed a better fit.
|walking around the frozen arena|
|new (to me) cross country fronts|
|reinforced strike pad (boots are upside down in pics. sorry not sorry)|
|breathable interior (left); and porous exterior (right)|
So. To Maryland Saddlery to peruse their consignment section! And also take advantage of their extended President's Day sale - cleverly designed by letting customers choose puzzle pieces, each with their own discounts labeled on the back haha.
|berney bros left, brand spankin new HDR right|
|who needs a safety pin when you can bejewel your rider number using these sweet magnets?|
|feeling patriotic? here's a helmet cover for ya!|
Of course, it was also here where I spent entirely too much time digging around the tub of boots... Ultimately tho it was a successful search and produced a very simple, appropriately sized pair of Weatherbeeta hind boots that look perfect for our purposes.
|Weatherbeetas in back, Woof Wears up front|
It's not the same look as our MEs, but frankly I'd rather feel confident about fit. These will need testing (esp through water) to convince me they're the solution to our woes, but so far I'm optimistic.
|officially my new favorite saddle pad|
My other exciting snag for the day? This super cushy, soft (and brand new!) black dressage pad. Seriously I find enough brand new high quality saddle pads in this consignment section listed for mere dollars (this was $12, I believe) that I could never justify buying anywhere else.
Obviously it had to come home with me, seeing as my only other non-white dressage pad is maroon and therefore doesn't match my new Dark Jewel Designs browband haha.
|both of these saddles appeal to me for different reasons|
Except. Um. Well, the HDR was chopped immediately. Nothing about it looked right to me. Ugh.
|looks *almost* promising. alas, 'twas not a fit|
|"i don't feel very good, are you even listening to me?!?" - most long suffering of all long suffering mares|
Ugh. That also concludes my efforts to try bringing saddles home to assess myself. I just don't know enough about the finer points of fit, nor am I confident in my choices. I'm just so done with it. No more picking out trial saddles.
|so we relax with grass|
We'll see what happens!