That's not how it works, is it?
So I've been perusing Craig's List, English Tack Trader and eBay recently for brown dressage saddles. Haphazardly looking for a unicorn: ostentatious blocks, pretty, MW, good condition, and cheap. And brown.
And then I found it.
|Not gonna complain, but it sells closer to $4.5k new, with the two-tone leather. Will be selling the carrier, if anyone is interested in black and pink.|
The guy and I had a great chat about why he was selling it and he gave me a ton of photos of every angle that I asked about, verified the size of the gullet and the seat, and I talked it over with D. Because, whoopsie, the saddle was about four hours away.
|Yeah, the irons are Korsteel composite.|
D was sold on the idea of a road trip after the guy offered to meet us almost half-way.
So Saturday, D and I drove to Columbia and ate dinner at an amazing Mexican restaurant that I'd found on Yelp and then wandered across the street to meet the Guy With the Saddle (because that's how he introduced himself on the phone before telling me his name) at a CVS. He was concerned about adequate light for me to see the saddle.
|He was blown away by his Molcajete.|
It was probably one of the best exchanges that I've ever had with a man
I did find out why he was selling so cheap: a) his Hanovarian mare was recently retired and b) he wants to get into road cycling, so we talked about bikes for a little bit. Like, he immediately used the money to purchase a Trek on Monday.
So here's my silver-lining to our semi-retirement, Seidenschnabel. It's Buckbeak's German name. His barn name is Wither Wings, which is Buckbeak's name after Sirius dies and he gets returned to Hogwarts. Given the giant blocks on this thing, I felt pretty proud of myself for the names. #nevertoomuchharry