I am getting ready in advance, for future comments on my newly purchased Trophy saddle. Been looking at saddles for quite a while, since our horses are quite hard to fit. Typical Sporthorse build, good withers, WIDE shoulders, with exceptionally short backs. Since they are all bred alike, the body is pretty much the same on all the horses. If one saddle fits anyone well, it fits all of them well.
So anyway, I have been watching Running P saddles on ebay, and liked the looks. They have all been Roping saddles, flatter seats, lower cantles AND short skirts behind the cantle. I found one that was a good price, appeared NEW, and jumped on it for the Buy-it-now price. Just got it, looks like it is everything I wanted, husband liked the fit with weight in the saddle, still could get hands under the shoulder area, no pinch points. PLENTY of room behind the skirt, won't poke horse with the skirt even if he would grab his own tail! Other good features I like too!!
However the tooling announces Champion All-Around COWBOY on the fenders, with place-name Rodeo on the jockeys and the year and Association on the back skirts! In LARGE lettering! And it screams NEW with light leather color. My horses and I do NOT resemble the winning western Pair from a Rodeo, let alone the All-Around champion, though we are not a shabby combination in skill or horsemanship.
I am going to be getting a lot of remarks, both funny and "who did you steal that saddle from", so I need some comebacks to make us all laugh. Horses I ride are obviously NOT QHs, though they could pass for Western with a handsome, non-cute head. They are just large next to most Trail horses. Not clunky movers, actually quite agile. I am EXTREMELY happy to put up with other folks fun remarks, now that I have found a saddle that fits the horses so well. Riding these guys western always invites comments anyway, but new trophy saddle will be a BIG opening for jokes. Just need some stuff to hand back, so they get as good as they give, a part of Trail Riding fun meeting new folks. I can say a lot of things with a straight face, so those kind of jokes work too.
Last edited by goodhors; Feb. 28, 2013 at 02:03 PM.
I would not worry. I have two trophy saddles and I have only had one comment. They just wanted to know what event I won it in. Trophy saddles are sold a lot so most people realize it was probably bought. Have fun in it!!!
Well, I'd say I was trying to work up to it or live up to it or give myself something to work towards, gotta little ahead of myself and got the saddle first, or maybe it was a cheap competition and they recycled a saddle and it already said cowBOY on it - sorta depends on how you want to mess with them and how they start off commenting.
If someone asks you where you got it, take a moment to obviously study the saddle and then say, "Well, apparently I took it off the All Around Champion from Blah Blah Blah Rodeo, because I am surely NOT the All Around Champion of anything. Our butts must have been the same size, though, because this is the most comfortable saddle I have ever sat in". And then grin like the joke is on you, even though it isn't.
Thank you all for your good suggestions. I am going to have a real good time using them all. Ensuing conversations should bring a lot of laughs when riding in that saddle. I didn't want to be one of those folks "wearing the outfit, but not having a clue about how to really do the deed", when out there on that saddle.
If only I was good enough to win a Rodeo All Around!! Just would be SO cool!!