Thank you for the Fit to Ride posts on The Barb Wire! I had every intention of only scanning through the first post and ended up reading all of them. Excellent! I have been trying to dedicate myself to my fitness for my horse and your posts were exactly what I needed. As you said:
“I'm talking about pure, focused, physical and mental effort. Huffing and puffing, nauseating, self-disciplined, self-denying, self-fulfilling, barrier-breaking workouts that sculpt you into the kind of fit that makes strangers on the street turn around for another look.
You know -- the kind of effort your endurance horse makes for you.”
Thanks again and I hope you get the friend thing figured out!
In one of your photos on your page here, the one of your older saddle, did you find this saddle pad or did you take a wool felt saddle pad and custom cut/stitch to better fit your McClellan? If you purchased it, where might someone else purchase a pad pre shaped so well to fit a McClellan?