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Meet my very 1st horse, Lazarus.
I couldn't wait for Santa anymore or ask one more time for a pony for my bday (after age 30 it got embarrassing). I took matters in my own hands and I finally decided to pick a pony that needed a new home. Laz found me as I contemplated with this idea. He was sweet yet very sassy, fresh off the track, Thoroughbred (OTTB).
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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Valentine's and Saddle thoughts

Happy Belated Valentine's!
Valentine's bouquet for Laz
Happy Valentine's Laz!!!
 "sniff sniff....I smellz sumsing gooodz"

Lesson 174-
How to loose a thumb while being too busy photographing your adorable shark...I mean horse
I kid. 
I still have my thumb.
Thank you glove.
Who knew there are brown bearded sharks that feast on carrots?

 Guess what little Keebler got a lunge lesson on Valentine's?
He was great going to the left, and a wicked demon going to the right. Clearly, he just hasn't been taught but he is SO sweet and immediately stopped when I asked him to.  
He got lots of "Goooood Pony" along with carrot treats.  
He is a people pony and a hilarious comic.  
When he bucks and canters and trots, it so funny, that I was literally in hysterics lunging him.  
Laz watched the WHOLE time over their gate concerned for his baby.

Now, on to Sunday, I am not posting in order here but that's ok.
I borrowed J9's Barefoot saddle to test it out on Laz.
I wanted to see if he was comfortable in it, and if I was too.
It's a treeless saddle and to learn more about it, you can click here
I've been toying with the idea of when to put a saddle back on Laz
This may be the perfect compromise
Since I've gotten so used to bareback I didn't want a hugely bulky saddle that would change our communication.  Thankfully, this Barefoot Cheyenne, even with a thick Skito pad, did not 

It was super comfortable
It seems to fit Laz well and I'm planning on demo'ing a new saddle, with some minor changes for his body to see if we love it 100%
Best part?! It's affordable!  We are not talking thousands, here and being I already own a Crosby AP I didn't want to spend a fortune BUT I definitely want a saddle that will work for Laz and I.
Mostly for him.
This may be the best all around, pleasure/trail, schooling saddle for us
He looks like a Shetland pony here! 
I hate how my helmet makes my head look so large ...oh well
Also...a shout out to my WonderPony who was sooooooooo awesome about me tacking him up on a crazy windy day! He hasn't had a saddle on his back in over a year, and did he buck once? NO! Didn't even pin an  ear...he did give a couple anxious chews, like "What's this" but I took my time with him. Did some ground work with the saddle on, etc and by the time I mounted, he was like "GET ON ALREADY!" 

Crazy how the moon has been out during the day lately...see that tiny spec in the sky?
And surely you feel Spring in the air!? 
It's been staying light out later (every minute counts) and glory be...a SUNSET?!


  1. The saddle looks great on Laz! And you looked just as great in it!!!! I hope it works out for both of you!!! Thanks for all the super pictures!!! Love J9 and Enzo!!

  2. That's so cool that you got to try the saddle. Are you going to buy it? I'm really curious about these treeless saddles and seriously considering one for when Chrome is old enough. Can you make a post of the pros and cons about the saddle? Thanks! Oh and you two look great! I feel the same way about my helmet, but I'm so used to seeing people in helmets that I don't think it makes their heads look big. I do understand feeling that way about myself though hehe. The little Keebler pony is soooo cute! That's great that you get to mess around with him. :D

  3. How. Funny.

    I tried the Skito pad with the Cheyenne on Ebony like, 3 years ago now?

    She hated it, unfortunately, but she was hard to please in the saddle area...we had to go custom to make her remotely comfy:)

    The people I dealt with though (can't remember her name now) was super nice and helpful. The saddle and Skito pad seemed well made.

    Happy late Valentine's Day to you and Laz!

  4. It's so nice that you got to try one before even going the official demo route. Looks like a good option for you guys.

  5. Your posts are always so charming. Soon Martha Stewart will be calling you for ideas for her magazine. I love the carrots wrapped up with the ribbon. I hope you had a lovely valentine's day! I sure love that little pony. I smile just looking at the pictures, just like I smile every time I see a weener dog! I have tried a treeless saddle and didn't like it, but really only because I had to use a special girth with it and found it was harder to get in and out of the saddle when cowboying around. But I probably just didn't give it enough of a chance. I do like the way they look though. Maybe I will learn more about them if you blog about it!

  6. I think you owe us a video of lunging the mini. His little bucks sound cute!