If you have read my blog for some time you would know:
I have issues
And if you’re new to my blog, then I have some news for you:
I REALLY have issues
But what are these issues?
They mainly revolve around my love of buying things for my horse or riding etc.
Now this doesn’t seem like such a big issue does it? Until you contemplate the fact that my horse hasn’t been rideable for more than 6 months. Probably 9 if we are being real.
Yet here I am. Spending my money. On horse riding things. Yet I am horseless.
As I said. Issues.
I don’t know what to say, really.
In the last iteration of tracking my uncontrollable spending I had just bought some new PEI stirrups. Which I need right? As when I do actually ride, my hip dysplasia can sometimes cause quite bad pain in my hips and/or knees.
I have heard good things about these stirrups helping this issue so… yeah.
To be fair, during this period I have also sold a lot of other less necessary horse things.
And then replaced them with newer horse things.
For example, after selling my dressage saddle I realised that when Bumper comes back into work I would only have my jump saddle. And my jump saddle only had 1 saddle blanket shaped for it. I had two others which were competition only.
Quite frankly, this was unacceptable.
So naturally during the Easter sales I had to pick up more “work” pads.
Enter stage left:
Because navy is the ultimate everything colour
And enter stage right:
Because I have really gone off bright colours and black was sold out
Of course this was after I had just won one of those “nobody ever wins” Facebook competitions and got a $200 voucher to Hufglocken, who stock Mattes pads. I’ve always wanted a white Mattes pad for competition but after buying the white Equestrian Stockholm pad at Christmas I thought maybe I would get myself some nice dressage work pads.
I custom designed and ended up with these two, and it only cost me $9! Woo, Facebook!
Navy and white. See comment above about navy being life
And some black/gold/champagne action to match the black Hufglocken boots I already own. Issues.
So to be real, I finally feel like I am at a point where I have enough “stuff”. Enough riding clothes, enough saddle blankets. Enough.
Pick your jaws up.
Don’t get me wrong, there are still some things I am looking at upgrading, like my helmet and breastplate etc. but that will all come in time.
There WAS something I was lacking though, and this was not a type of shopping I enjoy.
I had sold my dressage saddle and the idea of trying to get another one was unappealing as hell. After buying a new truck the budget was limited (probably because I keep wasting money on”stuff”) and also 110% unnecessary with no horse to ride.
Combined with the inevitable “can never find anything I like and I don’t know if it will be comfortable or fit me or fit my horse or blahhhhhhhh” gauntlet I was less then enthusiastic. But, I always try and keep my ear to the ground and see what’s floating around the interwebs just in case.
Cue today, I stumbled across a Kentaur Elektra saddle.
It was second hand, in my size, in my colour, in good condition and less than a third of the RRP.
How well do YOU THINK my will power held up?
So now I have a dressage saddle, and honestly? At the price it was worth the gamble. But I seriously hope it works out because I have loved this saddle sick for years.
Pray for us.
Pray that it fits, and that one day I will be able to control my spending because buying a house some day would be great.