Well, the Snohomish County 4-H Tack Sale has come and gone, marking the passing of another equestrian calendar year. I went in with a pretty sizeable list (you can check it out back in Part III) and even though the general consensus is that the sale was a little less impressive this year than it was last year (less stuff, higher prices, lower quality, etc.), I still came out of it with around $200 worth of secondhand tack. Here’s what my list looked like after I got back from the sale:
There were a ridiculous amount of saddles on hand, but I forgot my wither tracings at the barn and I didn’t feel comfortable making such a large purchase with no guarantee the saddle I chose would fit Ezhno. I did, however, purchase a new nylon halter, a western headstall, a pair of split reins, and a low tier showmanship halter for his handsome face!
After I was finished buying stuff for Ezhno, I checked out the apparel section, but didn’t find anything I liked enough to purchase (and by the time I made it there they were mostly out of my shoe size, so no new western boots for me 🙁 ). I did, however, get two pairs of western spurs, plus very plain leather spur straps.
I forgot to pick up a curb strap to put on my snaffle (to help prevent the bit from pulling through his mouth, not that I make a habit of yanking on his face), so I used that as an excuse to take a trip to the Bony Pony. I got a curb strap ($9, woo~!)… and then I snagged a $575 15.5″ Circle Y equitation saddle out of the consignment section to take with me on trial.
The fit on the Circle Y was surprisingly good, so I kept it overnight so that one of my trainers could check it out in the morning. Trainer A took a look for me and approved the fit, so I saddled Lexi up in it for our Monday morning lesson. I immediately realized that the seat of the Circle Y was quite possibly the most comfortable western saddle my butt has ever had the joy of gracing… but the stirrups couldn’t go high enough and the flap over the girth made the top of the fender’s too bulky. When you’ve got short legs every inch of contact counts, so the saddle was close, but not quite right.
To wrap up a weekend(+) of splurging, I spent all of Monday night/Tuesday morning combing through collections of cowboy boots in search of a style that didn’t make me cringe. It was a challenge, but after hours spent glaring at my laptop screen I finally picked out a pair that I consider to be cute (for a western boot, at least). Here’s hoping they’re comfortable, too…
And my lovely supportive mother also ordered me a pair of insulated Bogs, since the last pair of cheap Fred Meyer rain boots I bought are splitting at the seams. They lasted right around three months of daily beatings—not bad, for $30, but I’m hoping to get some good use out of my next pair, since they’re almost three times as expensive!
More shopping to come in the future, no doubt. After all, my tax return is on its way… 😛