as i work to process this week’s lessons (which have been great, and very challenging), i thought i would post about stuff that doesn’t make my brain melt! and, since i had a dressage lesson today, how ’bout we start with dressage tack?
i love my dressage tack. my saddle is still very new (just a few months old) and it was a long time in the making. the only other tack needed is my bridle, which did not cost a fortune and seems to be breaking in very nicely.
albion platinum ultima europa. (pretty sure this is the same as the SLK ultima platinum, FWIW.) not only was this saddle a great fit for me and auto, it also features an adjustable tree to accommodate potential changes. the leather is like butter (especially on the thigh blocks), and the saddle is just beautiful. i was super stoked that it came with a girth, which has broken in nicely.
suffolk premier dressage bridle, black with silver piping. this looks so good on auto’s pretty face, and the padded poll and cavesson make me feel like he is benefitting from a bit of cushioning.
i use the stubben sweet copper baucher. i love the lozenge and material, and the baucher cheek pieces discourages inversion with a little poll pressure.
although i am starting to wean myself off it, i have been using a german martingale to help both of us learn to ride with contact and to help me manage auto’s inversion evasion. it’s been a groundbreaking help! with proper adjustment and setting (we always use the second ring), the martingale does not come into effect at all unless the horse inverts or runs with the bit. in that case, i get a little extra help correcting, without totally yanking on the bit. when auto is moving forward with a neutral head/neck position, or even on the bit, the martingale does not come into play at all. i currently use lisa’s GM, but would like to acquire one of my own.
i’d love to know what’s in your tack trunk?