Random updates, not a very good flowy post, but then again I am not the world's best blogger. So.... you should have expected something like this? Sorry y'all.
After realizing my saddle doesn't fit, I started calling independent saddle fitters and I have someone that is highly recommended coming out on Friday. Talk about fast, I STILL can't get County Saddlery to give me an appointment and I have been trying since August. I sent this lady a ton of pictures and she says she is cautiously optimistic she can get it to work. The right side panel is stuffed more than the left, and since Mia's right shoulder is overdeveloped, it makes the fit even worse. She said both panels are overstuffed as well, so we will see. She said that if we can't get it to fit, I have a really cool saddle and she has someone that may be interested in it already. So...fingers crossed?
I did finally find a single black County Innovation saddle, within my budget, as a MW tree but it is a 17" and not a 17.5". I have talked to 3 others that have County saddles and they have all said there is a big difference between a 17 and 17.5 and if I am a true 17.5, I won't like a 17. Sigh. I have kept my eyes open for a CWD but chocolate brown/black ones with a SE02 and 3C flap are just as difficult to find. Not to mention the newer ones don't seem to have a "tree size" as it is all custom fit to your horse. So I couldn't even hope that it would fit, I would immediately need to have it re-paneled for an additional $600. So I don't know. The independent saddle fitter hates foam saddles and said she was glad I didn't go that route. She said riders LOVE the saddle but horses tend to hate them. CWDs really are a love/hate saddle and I know some of you love them. Not crossing them out if I go shopping again.
Over the weekend we raced our racecar, it went pretty well considering. I, again, drove the fastest time of the day for our team. Though my time was the 42nd fastest of the teams. Not exactly podium material haha! Tis why it is amature racing and not professional racing after all. I did get my first wall hit out of the way though, so that was nice I guess. I went into a turn too fast, lost control and once I hit the wet grass, just slid and slid and slid. Luckily it was all cosmetic, no real big damage and no injury. Of course, we also had a broken distributor cap, broken gas tank strap and an important bolt missing, it was one of the bolts that held the motor in place. Opps! Thankfully it is over now and I can focus on horse stuff again.
Yesterday as I was going downstairs, I finally fell down the stairs. Interesting tidbit, I don't tend to fall down stairs. Like, ever? I can remember only 2 times I have ever fallen down stairs. Falling UP stairs? I do that ALL OF THE TIME. Seriously, at least every other month I fall up the stairs. I have always fallen up stairs. Talented lass that I am. Well, yesterday I finally fell down stairs. 8 of them. I was simply walking down stairs and suddenly I was going down MUCH faster. I honestly don't know how I fell, I don't remember it at all. Per my bruises, I suspect my left foot slipped and I landed on my right elbow/rib/thigh. I did immediately roll onto my belly, I guess I thought that way I had more control or would have less damage? Well, as a result of my trip down the stairs, I have hurt my right shoulder. Uncomfortable to do much with it so I am taking it easy, putting Sore No More Liniment on it, taking some drugs and hoping I am fine by Sunday. Cause I have a show and need my dang shoulder!
Finally, I hopped on my mare and laid down my baseline for 2pointober. Are you joining? Emma and Megan are hosting it this year, with coolio prizes, and I figured I would lay my times out this year. I have done 2pointober for the past 4 years but never joined in the contest. I have zero expectation to win, this is more to hold myself accountable and I was able to squeak out a 5:06 as my baseline. Barely. I had to REALLY push to get over the 5 min mark. UGH! For a horse trial, I really need to be at least 6 minutes so I am not that far off base, but still. It actually took me several minutes to recover after that. HA! I am HOPEFUL that with my newly adjusted saddle, two point will be easy to work on because that saddle is just so damn dreamy to ride in. It really makes two point so easy to hold and maintain.
Mia was actually a little sore last night though, so after laying down my two point baseline and switching out to the dressage saddle, I didn't work her hard. I had someone else look at her and they agreed she is a little sore, but we can't tell if it is from her back or foot sore. I make sure her transitions were prompt and her canter wasn't like a giraffe and called it a night. Going out again tonight, more liniment and maybe some bute to get her over the hump. Gotta get ready for our show on Sunday!