The New Guy
I haven’t said too much about Jammer yet, but we’ve been busy. (Well, as busy as we can be in the context of my full-time job, long commute, autumn weather, and early darkness!) This horse is really something. Here he is after last Saturday’s speedy, 16-mile ride in the hills.
He’s wearing a borrowed Big Horn because neither of my Stonewall saddles fits him — he’s a lot bigger and wider than any of the Barbs. Jackie at Stonewall has shipped up her own Stonewall Sport, which has the necessary wide tree, for us to use while she builds him his own saddle. I’m excited to try the Sport, in which I’ve never ridden, with its lower pommel for negotiating rough terrain. It weighs a few pounds more than the Classic, but is still extremely managable at just 16 pounds.
Anyway, I’m at the dawn of a 3-day weekend and have an eyeball on Jammer for some serious trail time. It’s cold out — just 25 degrees at the moment — but the harvested fields below the farm are glowing bonze in early sun. Frost shimmers on the fenceposts. My insulated breeches are washed and ready.
Let’s add some miles to that Conditioning Log!