I need a saddle for Libby. I won't be riding her until April, if then. But I want her to be getting used to the feel of a saddle on her back when I'm ponying her. So, my Grandson, Arick, took me to a horse action.
I hoped to pick up some old, no-name saddle for under $100, but alas, the cheapest one sold for $165 or thereabouts. Except for English saddles, which brought around $40. But I like having a saddle horn to grab onto, if the going gets rough. So I passed on those.
I came home, looked on Ebay, and found out I can get a saddle for under $75, shipping and all... brand new. These are cheaply-made saddles, to be sure, mostly made in India. But since my main purpose for it will be to get Libby used to the feel, what does it matter? And who knows, I might actually end up loving the saddle. I found a seller with great feedback, and I have my bid in on a saddle. The auction ends in a couple of hours.
We shall see.
In a recent entry I told about our acquiring a tractor that needed repair; the transmission wasn't working. Well, Cliff weighed his options and decided that, since he didn't need the tractor, and he really wasn't in the mood to put a lot of time and money into it, he'd put it on Ebay. It sold with no problem, and the fellow from St. Louis who bought it came yesterday to get it, with cash in hand.
Not a bad weekend so far.