The trip to the tack store to purchase my first saddle is etched in my mind as a first step to responsibility as a horse-crazed 16-year-old. I was purchasing my first saddle, well . . . contributing to it at least, while successfully navigating the LA freeways. Sharon Jantzen travels down memory lane and takes us back to purchasing her first saddle. She also shares herd member stories about their first saddle purchases. Tips for buying and fitting a saddle are also included. So put your foot in the stirrup and let’s go.
Former Pony Clubber, Eventer and Dressage rider who balanced training and showing with getting a college degree (from Cal Poly SLO), becoming a wife and raising a family. Presently she is enjoying riding a Rocky Mounted Gaited horse and exploring Mounted Archery. Her new baby is Whisper, a Connemara filly.
Monty Roberts Transition Horse Program teaches students while training horses to be suitable mounts for new owners. The training center is more active than ever, given that Monty Roberts, the world renowned horse trainer, is home in Solvang masterfully coaching horses and riders alike to improve their skills in a beautiful partnership.