I can feel myself turning into a tack whore…..

I bought a saddle on Ebay this week 😛

Being plus size and carrying a lot of weight in my butt and thighs, saddle shopping is kind of a pain. I am honestly not sure it’s LESS of a pain for people who are more standard sized (especially after reading sagas like Sara @ Roaming Rider’s quest trying to get a saddle to fit H’Appy!). I am HOPING that as a fairly standard-sized QH type, The pony currently known as Dunny won’t be TOO hard to fit (and if he is, well, we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it!), especially for a western saddle. (I’ll also admit that I think western saddles are probably more forgiving to fit.) I grew up riding western first and picked up English as a high schooler. Most of my blogger friends ride English, and I really do like a lot of things about it. So why’d I pick up a western saddle?

a Tucker Big Bend Trail – my old saddle was a knock off of this one and I regret selling it!

Firstly, I haven’t been on a horse in a bit over a decade, and the odds are very good that Dunny’s background is exclusively western. A western saddle feels more secure to me, especially while I work on balance and core strength. Like many people on the autism spectrum, I struggle with body awareness and balance, and I really like the closer contact of English saddles (as well as their lightness!) but I feel like the broader weight distribution + more secure seat of a western saddle is just a sensible place to start. (Plus, there is basically zero instruction available locally for anything but western, and I do plan on taking some lessons.) Lastly, my main immediate goal for Dunny and I is trail riding, and most of the trails around here are going to involve a fair amount of up and down- a western saddle will just plain be more secure for now. I’d like to pick up an english saddle at some point, but not right now- a western saddle made more sense as a starting point.

I lurk on a bunch of used saddle sites and Facebook groups, and set up some ebay searches, and I even put in a few bids on English saddles (Mostly inexpensive stuff- Wintec, older Stubbens) but just never saw anything I was absolutely in love with. Western, well, my favorite brands have been mostly been sold or changed hands since I last bought a saddle, so I ended up with a brand I’ve ridden in but never owned before – Big Horn.

a brown western saddle with a purple bridle and reins draped over it, sitting on a stand outdoors on gravel
Not my photo – from the Ebay listing!

I am not 100% sure on the model I’ve ended up with- it’s got what appears to be a 19″ seat (which rules out the vast majority of their models), a roughout seat with leather jockeys and front, and cordura (or nylon) fenders and skirting.  It is almost certainly an A00256, as they don’t make a whole lot in that size.

Is it the greatest saddle ever? Nah. But it should be safe, and good enough to get us started with.

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Gaining weight and feeling good!

Pone, currently known as Dunny until something better comes along, is eating very well and gaining some much needed weight. 🙂 I am so grateful to Angela’s updates- they make me feel much better, especially as I’m so busy these last few weeks before my wedding!

Pony face

As he’s gotten to feeling better, Dunny’s gotten WAY more friendly- and he was a pretty personable guy to start out with. I’m excited about this. 😀 I’ve been a mare person for my whole life so I’m used to girls who required bribes to want to interact with people unless they were REALLY bonded with you. 🙂 The gelding I rode regularly as a kid (a big sweet chesnut TBx named Copper) was a super pocket-pony-type and I’m kind of hoping this dude will be similar. 🙂

I had a nice success on Ebay this week, but that will wait for another post! 🙂

No updates over the weekend…

so hopefully I’ll have one bright and early on Monday, and hopefully it’s a positive one.

I was planning on doing a booze review this weekend (what, you thought I picked the Mountain Spirits name just for geography? ;)) but I decided i’d rather spend my calories on a luxe dinner while we watched the beginning of the end of GOT. (Fiancee’s alfredo is magical over steak and roasted broccoli.)

I’ve spent a lot of the weekend watching photos trickle in from the endurance ride in southern AZ and hoping we’ll be able to get there someday! 🙂

G’night all!

Daily Update #3 – still in a holding pattern.

Another so-so day- he’s eating but not aggressively enough, so he’s gotten omeprazole added to his meds and is staying at the vet for observation. If we can just get over this initial hump, I think we’ll be good but please dude, come on and eat better for us!

Today was his third and final day of vancomycin. He was also started on omaprazole in hopes that treating for potential ulcers will help his appetite. The original plan was for him to complete 3 days of vancomycin and then switch to Exceed and penicillin, but I’m not sure if that will be held to or not. He’s spending the weekend at the vet under observation, and if he continues to improve, will be back at the QT farm on Monday.

I’ve finished some horse-themed art jewelry to sell to try and fundraise a bit to offset his medical costs. So today you get jewelry media!

This series is the Antiquity series, inspired by cave paintings of horses and horse ancestors. Each is $35, including US shipping.

5 rectangular pendants on a canvas. Each is painted with a horse design.

These tile pendants are about 1″ in height (the multi-horse is 1.25″ and they’re shown here without their final glaze for more accurate photography. Each one is hand drawn and painted using artist acrylics and glazed with furniture-grade finish for strength. Buyer’s choice of gold, silver, bronze, or antique silver findings; each will be strung on a leather cord with glass accent beads. Customs are available. Interested? Drop me a comment with your email!

Daily update #2 – improvement! Still no update on the name situation. :)

After a sleepless night angsting about it, I decided to talk to Angela and the vet about if SOME fluids might be better than none (3 days on fluids+hospitalization on top of everything else was just not within the budget I had set for myself), because I am Invested and want to do the best by him.

a sooty buckskin horse standing in front of a dirty white fence
Pic for attention because I don’t have anything new today…

And he’d improved overnight, but both felt that this was a reasonable route to take. So he got SOME fluids today, diarrhea is improving, and he’s eating and drinking. We just need to keep things going in the right direction- please keep us in your thoughts.

Still working on the name situation – Patronus and Aquila are the top two contenders at the moment.

New Boy is out of Kaufman but still a ways to go to get healthy.

He got bailed out this morning by Angela of EasyPFarms and headed straight to the vet. I found Angela while searching through the various QT options that came up who worked with Kaufman, and recognized her name from a FB acquaintance’s posts and writing (Bobbie Jo wrote about her in Equus back in 2017, when Angela was an essential part of saving her rescue MFT Farley) . I’m really impressed with Angela’s professionalism and the great job she’s done keeping me in the loop, as well as the precautions she takes- every horse is required to go straight to the vet before returning to her facility, even if they appear fine.

A buckskin horse standing in a white horse trailer and looking skeptical.

Mr Nameless, unfortunately, is snotty, full of runny poop, and several other horses coming from Kaufman recently have been positive for salmonella, so we did bloodwork as well. There’s also concern about strangles as well.

Overall prognosis is guarded – he’s on fairly heavy duty antibiotics and in a perfect world, he’d stay in the hospital and go on fluids for 3-5 days, but the cost is prohibitive (and like… it’s easy to say cost doesn’t matter, but the reality is I’m not super willing to sink $2500+ in vet bills into a horse I haven’t met yet when it improves the odds but not necessarily hugely. I’m really having second thoughts about this, but like… I budgeted about that total for startup costs, including shipping and the initial month of board and whatnot and getting set up with a farrier- I’m just not sure it’s financially wise to drain it all right away. Ugh, I wish I was wealthy enough to not worry about decisions like that.)

I have faith in the team that is helping him.  I don’t regret my decision, even with the somewhat unexpected (not entirely- I’ve read the same things about kill pen horses everyone has) setback. I’m ridiculously attached, for a horse that I’ve not even met yet. I feel almost superstitious about naming him, though, until we know how he’s going to do.

Now we just need for him to get better.