ATM I am not convinced either of Abbey’s two saddles (dressage and GP) fit. Really I ought to get the saddle fitter out but it’s only been a couple of months since she last came and it’s getting rather expensive.

I’m going to have a look at treeless saddles, they are supposed to be a bit more forgiving for horses that change shape regularly and I rather like the idea of Abbey having something soft on her back.

In the meantime though, we’ve not stopped schooling or hacking around the farm. I’ve put my brave pants on and started riding on a bareback pad. I’ve surprised myself and seem to have pretty good balance even without stirrups!

Abbey had her 6 monthly checkup with the dentist. Abbey doesn’t like it much, but she puts up with it! There were a couple of sharp edges, nothing serious 😊

We also had another lesson this week. I was given two new exercises to practice:

  1. Serpentines – with outside flexion
  2. Figure of 8 with outside flexion for half the first circle in trot and then in canter, changing the lead through trot over x

Both work on Abbey’s suppleness.