Saturday, 31. January 2009 17:54
hmmm… should I do this in three different posts or just write forever and upload a ton of photos into one Saturday January 31st, 2009 blog post.
Well folks hang on to your skirts or shirts to what have you’s because this is going to be one long winded photo heavy post. Mostly because I’m lazy. It’s my blog, so there ya have it.
Where to begin… hmmm?
Well I began by grooming Paisano for taking one last set of measurements for the tree I am having made for him. These would be accompanied with photos to help the Nikkels determine how I used the Dennis Lane measuring cards and came up with my final numbers. Simrat measured Paisano with the same cards I had loaned to her before Pai came to Arizona. I measured him again a week or so later, he needed to gain a rather small amount of weight so again about two weeks ago I remeasured him and then again today, having yet to come up with the same measurements. Even so these last two measurements were closer. Yes I believe I truly understand the card system having gone through this process and that my measurments now with him at the weight I like to keep my horses at are as accurate as they are going to get.
Here are the photos that will be going to Nikkels with the measurements, my descriptions, photos of Paisano and of course the money. Don’t forget the money!
I think you can see that at the back end of the R12 card I am using here at position 7.5 (which sits right at the edge of the shoulder blade), that it could dig into Pai’s loin a bit once weight is applied. However, Nikkels assures me that they automatically build in relief at the loin or rock end of the trees bars as they have noticed this happening somewhat often with the rock cards of this system. Also you can see a small gap at B position or the sweet spot that the Nikkels will have to adjust for while shaping the bars.
When I first wrote this post I forgot to add Postion A. Well here it is and it was the most difficult position to measure on Pai as one card seems to press to much on his shoulders, yet the the next size up seemed to rock a bit. Well I chose the larger of the two because I can shim it if necessary but I cant take anything away if is to tight.
Postion B or the sweet spot or lowest point of the horses back. Keep in mind that I am holding the card and taking the picture one handed without looking through the lense. So yes I did move the card a bit in the first B card photo. It should be completely vertical. In choosing the measurements to photograph I first tried several of the shapes on his back pressing them down, rocking them back and forth and eventually photographing the card that stayed put with the least amount of gouging or air space when it was moved around.
C card placed approximately at the 12th rib. Paisano is so short coupled that the illusion is that the card is too far forward. The short back is the biggest issue Pai has for saddle fitting. Making his steep R 12 rock assist for a more dramatic bridging of most trees. The ‘S’ position, or distance ’7.5′ from position B to the 12th rib is the biggest hurdle we have to over come, that and then the rigging placement.
So with the measurements now finalized R12, A: S7, B: D7, C: D7 S: 7.5 Pai will finally have his tree made. These numbers may look like greek to many who read this, but they represent the shapes of Pai’s back and assure that he will end up with a tree that is unique to his needs.
Next came the Treeless Saddle my friend loaned to me to try on Pai.
Isn’t he HANDSOME!!! What a star!
Yes the saddle is big on him. It was custom made for a Big QH by Wm L Huston (I could not find a link for him – if you find one please let me know so I can link to it here) . It also sat a bit up on his shoulders… why you ask? Because the dang rigging was set way too far back…again and not adjustable! So if the rigging had been even 1 inch forward of where it is the saddle would have sat perfectly on Pai’s back. Even so I sat it forward a bit to keep the cinch from being around his midsection and this was the resulting fit. Also the inner skirting that holds the rigging was made for a much bigger horse and came down so low on Pai’s sides that one, it made for a very secure fit from side to side, but also made it hard to snug up the cinch that came with it. I didn’t have a shorter cinch and if I had the rings would have been under his belly. You can see the ring just behind the stirrup and that where it was on both sides.
With his long neck he doesnt look too out of porportion to the saddle. Obviously a wee bit shorter saddle would look better on him. But this one fit me like glove. To be honest I like the color on him too! Giving me something to consider when I get ready to buy leather for the saddle I am going to make for him.
Now for a bit on the ride we had today. First off we rode down the road we have been taking our walks on. Where he was familiar with everything. Even so the goats running at him with barking dogs kind of gave him a flutter, yet he stayed poised and waited to see what was really going to happen then off we went to mosey around in the desert for a bit. He never once tried to go home, or eat, or whinnie… no, once he whinnied an answer to Sophie who we could here quite clearly as if she were next to us. hehehe We rode back the way we came all the way back to the hay stack. Oh yes, the very important hay stack where carrots were hiding in a baggie as well. I needed to lengthen my stirrups before going out again. I like to start out with them short when I am on an unfamiliar horse then lengthen them as we get more acquainted. So once that was done off we went again only this time we went a direction he had not gone before and low and behold there were boogie men everywhere and his steps became insy tinsy carefully placed steps. I was really pushing him to keep him moving, thinking that when we turned around it was going to be a mad dash back to the house and the infamous hay stack. He spooked once and started to spin but when I caught him up he stopped and stood quietly while I reassured him. I do like his style of spooking and his willingness to stop and listen. One great horse this one is in the making! So getting ready for the big “ride” I turned him around. ARGH… pokey dokey needed prodding all the way home! Oh he’d trot when asked but I was on him the whole way to move his legs out at the walk. He has a lovely walk too and he wasn’t eyeballing anything, he was just being a Nag. Yep Paisano won the prize title of “Nag” today! Lovingly mind you. We will have to work on the walk as he gets more comfortable and confident.
Umm I forgot the sweat patterns too… argh so here they are now that everyone has already read this post…
Not bad sweat patterns, nothing that a little shimming would not fix. Except for the length again. If the saddle was shorter or Paisano longer there would be less roughed up hair on his loins.
And finally because I am a brat!
It’s February and my horses are shedding!!! hehehe Next year I’ll be eating crow!
I said this was going to be along post!!
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