The adventures of Gilly the rescue horse and his side kick and partner in crime, Pokey the donkey.

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Being with a horse is a journey that never ends. What they have to teach us is amazing; but we must quiet our mind to hear them. ~ jca

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Friday, May 6, 2011

I've been away awhile.....

I have been pretty, hum, well, lazy I guess I would have to say! LOL  I haven't done any posting just cause I haven't felt like writing I guess. Oh, I have lots and lots to talk about but just couldn't get motivated to do it.
This winter has seemed like the longest ever and we have had lots and lots of rain. I haven't gotten to ride as much as I would have liked but I have gotten in a few good ones.
I could write about my saddle that I did surgery on. The thigh blocks were so thick that it had bothered my legs for quite awhile so I removed them. Flattened the leather that covered them, trimmed them to fit where the old stitching was and reglued and it feels soooo much better on my legs!!!
This was before, these things were extremely thick and very hard so...

 I removed the stitching, pulled off the hard foam pad, that's glue residue that is still on the leather. I picked and cleaned as much as I could, used fine steel wool to rough it up a bit then used contact cement to reglue.
This is before I glued it down. I had just flattened it out to see how it was going to look and I liked it! (I emailed a saddle fitter/repair woman before I did this so I was coached through the whole process)

 This is how it now looks with the big thigh blocks out. Still a very nice saddle and more comfortable for me. I did this back the first part of March; at first I debated selling it and getting another saddle but I didn't know if I would like a new saddle as much as I like this one. What if the new saddle didn't fit Gilly as well as this one seems to now and me, what if I didn't like the new one as much. This one has sentimental value to me so I doubt if I will ever sell it.

Then there is this......

I bought this (Beverly Bay) trailer cover, a few weeks ago to help protect my trailer, I don't have a building to store it in so I thought this might help keep the weather off it. It has a zipper where the door is so you can still enter the trailer with the cover on. It's a little hard to do but you can get inside. It has soft rope ties front and back to help secure it and take up some of the extra fabric. It also has three straps that go under the trailer, from side to side to keep it on when the wind is blowing and it has been blowing down the hollow of late!

Here is a view of the back, it also has a zipper so you can open the back up. Velcro strips at the top to roll up the back and secure it out of the road. It is supposed to keep the UZ rays from doing damage to the paint, it's also breathable. Is Gilly afraid of it, NO, he tries to find a loose place to grab the fabric and pull on it, so far he hasn't gotten a mouthful!!!! He would probably rip it!

A week ago one of the dogs had woke me up about 4 in the morning, so I stagger out of bed and go downstairs to take them outside. Thankfully I had left the outside flood light on so I could see, well, that is after I got my eyes to open! After a few minutes they were done and I came back in put them back to bed and I headed back to bed. About 45 minutes later, I set straight up in bed, not knowing if I felt something hit the house or heard something that made a BIG noise! I also saw a BIG ball of bright light, then heard noise that I knew what was coming next...poof....lights out. A tree fell somewhere, somewhere close and knocked out a transformer. When the daylight finally appeared looked up and could see a big tree at the neighbors down. What you can see in this picture the top had been cut off and drug away. Gilly and I went for a ride to check it out.
I stitched this picture together, why the white line in the middle I'm not sure but anyway you can see the tree, the road, top on opposite side. Gilly was checking it out, our house is the farthest away. Power was off for several hours and so far no more fallen trees. Not that it wouldn't happen again, so much rain and wind that it wouldn't surprise me if we have more down cause more rain is coming. Riding between rain drops.

Jane and the boys


5 comments:

Jacque. said...

Hey Jane...glad to see you finally! Been missing you. Nice job on the saddle. Not surprising, though, being that you're such a terrific seamstress! Hope you get to ride a lot this year...will look forward to seeing what you're up to next.

Ashleigh said...

GREAT job on that saddle! I'd never have th nerve to mess with a saddle like that.

JoJo said...

Jane, I've missed your posts. Good Lord, woman, you're brave. Of course, you have much more experience than I do but I'd never, ever attempt to take apart my saddle and change it!! I admire your tenacity!

I was kidnapped by my friend last Wednesday and spent 3 1/2 days at one of our state parks, trail riding. Came home with yet another saddle sore (what's up with that?) but very happy. And we're going to see Chili this afternoon. I miss my baby!

BTW, I bought Pepper a Mother's Day gift....a hackamore! Still not happy with the way she behaves in her bit so I tried a hackamore this past week and it was a dream!! I guess it shows where my priorities are.....I got nothing for myself --- I bought a gift for my horse!!

JoJo

JoJo said...

Jane, I've missed your posts. But good Lord, woman, you're much braver than I am to modify your saddle!! That's something I'd never attempt!! But you did a great job!!

After coming home from 3 days of trail riding with yet another saddle sore (what's up with that?), I'm still not happy with Pepper in her bit. So for Mother's Day, I bought her a hackamore. Tried one on her this weekend and it was a dream.

JoJo

allhorsestuff said...

Hi there sweet!
I'm still so glad you took those hunkin blocks out!
Funny, you said that about "riding between the raindrops"...a yea, us too...massive rains today, didn't even try to ride.

That tree was huge, neat photo..sorry for the outage. Hang in there...hope summer starts when it's supposed to..I'm lazy, tired, sore..no sunlight means lack of life for me!
X O
Kac

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