My friend Vicki weaves beautiful mohair girths and cinches (Traditional Mohair Cinches) and has made me a gorgeous endurance girth in Rhio's new colors, turquoise and black. Rhio and I are charged with thoroughly testing this new girth, and giving our input for future endurance girths. Tonight was a great night to start putting this beauty through its paces!
Gesa, Paco, Kelso, Rhio, and I found ourselves pulling into an occupied parking lot at Boulder Lake tonight around 5:15 pm. It's grouse season, and with the gorgeous weather today, everyone and their uncles were out enjoying the evening. Two of the three hunters we met freely admitted that they were really out for the fall colors, balmy air, and beautiful trails - wearing blaze orange and carrying a shotgun was just their excuse.
Having done nothing but admire my new girth so far, I took a few pictures of it in it's pristine loveliness before tacking up. It will never look like this again!
|Taking a page out of its creator's book, and documenting my new girth's loveliness while draped over my horse.|
|Oh so pretty! Note it's clean, bright, unsullied appearance.|
Of course I had to take a few more pictures to fully document how great this girth looks - and how terrible the rest of my now-mismatched tack & accessories look in comparison!!! I hope the weather stays nice so I can ride, otherwise I fear I may be spending too much time online shopping for turquoise and black stuff!
|Beauty and function!|
|Pausing for a drink for the dog, and a nibble for the horses.|
|Not the best light for illuminating me & Rhio , but a particularly lovely piece of the trail.|
After completing the ride, the girth is, expectedly, a bit grungy with the sweat/dirt combination that comes off Rhio when he's working (& hasn't had a bath recently) and I can see that it developed a little crease behind the elbows on both sides where his girth groove and movement obviously want something a little less broad. I should have measured its dimensions before use, but I didn't. The leather buckle-backers did a great job - no evidence of rubbing at the buckles. Rhio did look like he developed a tiny rub on the left side about an inch in front of where the girth sat at rest. I will be interested to check that out in daylight tomorrow to confirm. If I remember correctly, this has happened with other girths as well, probably until they get broken in and molded to his particular conformation.
|Looking at the girth in situ, left side, after 7 miles of mostly trotting and cantering.|
|The girth on the hood of the truck. Note the darker line about 1/3 of the way from the top on both sides - this is the spot that is bunching or wrinkling behind the elbows. The top of the picture is the side toward his elbows.|
So far I am pleased with the new girth, and plan to continue its testing this weekend at a 25 mile limited distance ride in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan - Pine Marten Run, here we come!