|Kachees on April 12th|
|Ben bucking hay!|
We came to several conclusions. The first - the McClintock saddle is being shipped back today! Even the tree itself - was not the same kind/type of tree that was in Linda's saddle. Linda's saddle has stirrup slots, in the bars, which is what gives me the tremendous freedom of movement in the fenders. We considered the option of new sheepskin on this saddle... With the age of the saddle, craftsmanship etc., the leather would not hold up & we'd basically end up with a tree. Regardless - it would be very time consuming & costly to make it look as good as it should.
We pulled out books of trees, trying to find one that would match Linda's saddle. We couldn't find one, which may be part of the reason I didn't get one! It seems that they are just not being made by any of the major saddle tree manufactures. Everett referred me to Rod Nikkel's Saddle Trees, so beautiful that they are works of art & priced accordingly. After sizing Farah again for a tree, with plenty of wither clearance/pommel height - we were ready to head home.
Yesterday, Butch helped me to re-fit Linda's saddle with all my stuff. My new Supracore Coolback Endurance sized pad had arrived last week from Riding Warehouse at a really decent price & two-day shipping for $5. It fits perfectly under the saddle, so - I'll be hitting the trail again soon (hopeful that the heat clears out?) & so happy to be!