I have always had a love affair with horse tack. My tack room is bulging at the sides. I have more tack, than I can possibly use on four horses, but I still want more. Heck, I can only ride one horse at a time, so I really don’t need four horses either. ha ha! Every one needs a back-up, eh? Focus woman! Now then. Every season, vendors bring out their newest designs, and my tongue drips uncontrollably for days. I could be driving that new Nissan 370Z for what I spend on tack every year. Okay, so not really. However, if I’d just stay out of the tack stores, I could definitely afford the monthly payment on that cute little sports car I’ve always wanted.
Not only did I attend the clinic last weekend, but I bought a new rope halter, a 21 foot lead rope and a stick and string to use for the method of training Clinton Anderson uses. I thought what the hell. I have rope halters already, but these have the knots strategically placed for training purposes. I have always been skeptical of changing the way I do things. I figured “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it”. Was I pleasantly surprised at the ease in which this halter and lead rope work. The stick is weighted, easily carried and well-balanced. The string is removable. If you don’t need it to get your horses moving, you can put it around his neck for a drive line. Brilliant!
I picked up a catalog of goodies at the show. It has some really wonderful things to reward myself for a job well done. lol My husband just rolled his eyes when I told him I wanted a “Clinton Anderson Signature Saddle”. You, already have a good saddle, he said. Really? like I didn’t know that. It’s a “McDaniel Custom Saddle”. Extremely well made. There’s a photo of my saddle in the top right hand corner of my blog. It’s nice, huh? But, damn, I’m getting old! That saddle is heavy. Not only is it heavy for me to throw on my horse, it’s 10 years old now. My husband likes my saddle and always wants to use it when we ride. It’s the perfect opportunity for me to let him have it. I’m getting that new saddle! And since I’m getting a new saddle, I want a new headstall and reins too. Why not get a new pad to match? Us women have to coordinate you know.
I estimate by Christmas, I’ll have my horse ready to start intermediate training. I need that saddle! It’s well-balanced and is close contact. It’s light weight and not bad-looking to boot. I better have started saving my money last month. Those saddles are expensive. They cost on the average of about $2,000. The pad about $200 and a headstall with Mecate reins are somewhere in the neighborhood of $200, depending on the style. I reckon they’re fairly priced for good ole American craftsmanship. The saddle is made by “Martin Saddlery”. They have awesome products. You usually see the saddles ridden by big names at futurity shows. Did I say expensive? Never the less, I can see my ass parked between the swells and cantle of a “Clinton Anderson Signature Saddle”. 🙂
Just check out the eye-candy. I personally drooled over all of this last weekend! It’s any wonder they didn’t charge me for a cleaning bill. Enjoy!