Nancy Morton and Apple Jack Flash
Gaited Horse Trail Rider and Natural
I am 59 years old and own Gaited Horses, a grade
gaited horse, a registered Missouri Foxtrotter and a registered Kentucky
Mountain Saddle Horse (Apple Jack Flash). I have attached a picture
of extremely short backed Apple Jack showing off his new black and brown
leather swell fork saddle with brown tree and removable horn.
Owning three horses of three different shaped
backs and riding each of them with the same saddle that fits each horse like
it was custom made for each of them sure uncomplicates the feel of each
horse being ridden and my tack room inventory! The fact that the horses
enjoy it is obvious in the amount of freedom and lack of resistance in their
movement. They no longer harbor tension under the saddle or in the base of
their necks. They are calm and relaxed. Not only are their shoulders free
of pressure, their hind quarters are no longer inhibited by the weight of
the rider. Their gaiting abilities have blossomed. My weight is forward up
off their loins. They readily round their backs. I ride them barefoot,
without bits and on loose rein. My horses aren't built to pace...but it
happens with poor saddle fit. Pacing for us in no longer an issue.
Communicating with seat cues is crisp and clear. I have to chuckle when
they ask me not to dismount!
My horses have challenged me with respect to
saddle fit. I have five expensive saddles in my tack room which I have not
touched since I first rode in my new Boz. I have ridden quarter horses in
it, sitting their trot as I did as a kid. This saddle truly fits
varied back configurations and the Boz always seems to compliment the rider
with the back of each horse. It's a dream come true!
I used to ache after a day of tacking and
un-tacking horses not to mention riding hours in my rigid-tree saddles. No
matter how many horses I ride with the Boz in a day....That hour in the hot
tub no longer seems so imperative.
I usually ride in a 16.5 western seat. Seat
size was a great concern since a size 15 seat has never been in my wildest
dreams. As you assured me, this seat is not tight. My balance in the Boz
is phenomenal. Swerving, spooking and bucking issues cause me no great
concern. The Boz allows me to go with the flow in any direction the horse
takes me with the balance required to allow me to offer the mental and
emotional support my horse needs in those troubled times. I am amazed.
This saddle is not static...it has an energy of
it's own which encourages the horse and the rider to synchronize in
movement. There is a life in it's ride that fosters a smile that never
leaves my face. I love this saddle. I feel that it will add longevity to
my riding future. It enables a person of my age to have fun without
experiencing aches and pains. The rider position is ergonomic to perfect
I can't thank you enough for being patient with
my doubts and for having the tenacity to develop a saddle that just keeps
improving my riding abilities. My horses and I have been jump started
toward our goal of competitive trail.