Thursday, July 28, 2011

Tonto's New Tack

After mulling it over for several years, and finally getting tired of all of the different saddles slipping forward, I finally gave in and bought Tonto a crupper.

Tonto said, "I don't like the sound of that."

"It's gonna go where?"


So we fitted it...

Then tried it out on the lunge...

"You said go?"

sigh... "Okay...."

"It isn't too bad."

There was no rodeo, and Tonto seemed to accept it just fine.

I don't think Casey Cat liked the idea of it though:

And Scout was VERY thankful he didn't need a crupper...

So, after I lunged Tonto with the crupper in both directions for a good bit, like a good Mom, I put my daughter on him (and led them around). Tonto was fine with it, so after dragging them around the pasture a few times, up and down the hills, I climbed on. It seemed to do the trick, at least at the walk...I was too chicken to try anything faster until we have a few more goes with it. Hopefully, it will solve our saddle slipping problems and we won't ride up Tonto's neck any longer.


Braymere said...

When I was a teenager, I rode a pony that required a crupper to keep the saddle from riding up her neck. I don't think it was her favorite piece of equipment, but she tolerated it reasonably well.

BTW--I still have Snickers' crupper in my basement. It hasn't touched a horse in twenty five years but I can't bear to throw it away!

SunnySD said...

"Like a good mom, I put my daughter on..." Too funny!

Having a round, mutton-withered Arab, I totally sympathize. I've made many a trip downhill out trail riding on foot due to chronic saddle-slippage. I've contemplated a crupper, but... unfortunately, I trail ride western, and the English saddle actually doesn't slip. Hmmmm... maybe I should switch.

At any rate, glad Tonto's reaction was such a non-event!

Mama Dunlap Writes said...

Loved looking at the photos. Its been 25 yrs. since we had horses ... but you brought back fond memories. Keep it up im now following your blog :) Happy Holidays even if it does seem like any other day with all that hard work :)

Mama Dunlap Writes said...

Oh, I forgot to mention our horses were a Morgen, an albino. And a big grey mare called Stormy. Those were some of my most favourite memories. Keeps things Real.