A few extra inches

GIRTH extender

Zelda has been working hard to get back to her formerly svelte self, although the endless rain we’ve had here in New England has cut into our workout time (no indoor). To feel ready for hunting, I bought the velcro saddle, otherwise known as the WintecLite D’Lux. There was only one problem: the long billets […]

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WintecLite D’Lux Saddle Review

WintecLite D'Lux

When I discovered Zelda’s saddle didn’t fit this spring (Zaftig Zelda), I wrestled the extra wide gullet into my Wintec Pro Jump, but anyone who knows me won’t be suprised to learn that I was already plotting to find a better saddle to get us through the transition. One thing I’ve learned since my accident: […]

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Wresting the Gullet into a Wintec

White vs. Red gullet

As mentioned in a previous post, Zelda grew a little too wide for her current saddle. No problem, I thought. She has a Wintec Pro Jump as her back up saddle. A saddle complete with the all-too-inaccurately named “Easy Change” gullet system. All I needed is a wider gullet, I thought optimistically. I forgot that […]

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Enter Ghost

When I was about six, my grandfather read Hamlet to me as a bedtime story. It might have been a strange choice, but the story really caught my attention, especially the stage direct, “Enter Ghost.” Fast forward to this week. As I wrote yesterday, Zelda has gotten a bit zaftig over the winter and her […]

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Acavallo Seat Saver Review — Gel in or Gel out?

Acavallo Gel in or Gel Out

When I first started riding again after my accident, I expected my ankle to hurt. I worried my knee would hurt. I felt like I had to protect my body. What I didn’t expect was that my seat bones would hurt! Let’s face it, before my accident, my rides were pretty active. My weight was […]

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SafeStyle Stirrups Review

SafeStyle Stirrup

Recently I posted a review of the Acavallo Arena Stirrups, my first foray into modern safety stirrups. The second brand that opted to try are the SafeStyle Stirrups. The SafeStyle stirrups are manufactured in the Netherlands and are a smaller, family-owned business, quite different from a company like Acavallo. There’s a lot to like about […]

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Fancy Saddle Pads — are They Worth it?

Supracor pad

Although I am an admitted saddle addict, I am not a saddle pad addict. I know people who own multitudes of colors . . . have gel pads, riser pads, sheepskin pads, and correction pads. It’s come to the point where saddle pads now cost more than some of the saddles I’ve owned. I mean […]

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