I'm not really whining, but I am a little apprehensive about relying on so much new gear for a show next week. I take a certain amount of comfort in knowing my equipment inside and out and feeling comfortable/confident with it all. There are enough variables at shows that not having to worry about basic tack is a nice thing to check off the list.
I will say I am...... underwhelmed with the customer service from CWD. I will back that up by saying that our local rep is fabulous, lovely, courteous and responded very professionally to my saddle-crazed-texts that I bombarded her with on a regular basis.
That being said, when I'm told that my saddle will be gone for 10-12 days and it turns into 30, I get cranky. I get especially cranky when the explanation is "we have lots of saddles to repair right now."
Yes. I'm sure you do. It's show season. and I'm sure everyone is certain their saddle is more important and more needed back at the barn, but OMG, if you have a two week backlog, don't have people ship their saddles down immediately. I am pretty high on the tack-princess spectrum, but I don't actually have a stack of well fitting, perfectly usable saddles to just use in the interim.
Things I'm not doing:
- Putting a poor fitting saddle on my sensitive backed mare. Nope.
- Schooling bareback. I'm starting to trust the mare, but she still spins/scoots and I don't want to play that game.
- Jumping in my dressage saddle. The Hastilow does (mercifully) fit well. But it has 18" knee blocks that make getting out of the tack near impossible. Not schooling 3' in that.
Frankly, 30 days in Dressage tack is a good prescription for us under most circumstances, but not necessarily when we're getting ready to leave for another A show in five days.
I am grateful for my horse's health, my health, and the fact that we (knock on wood) are having a relatively uninterrupted show season thus far. Given those larger blessings, I'm still cranky that our saddle will (still) not be broken in by the time I have to get in the show ring with it. Not the best time/resource management there, but oh well.
New boots. New saddle. New blisters.