Your regularly scheduled magical pony club weekend posts will continue tomorrow (and hopefully wrap up by the end of this week!) but I want to interrupt this series to talk about something else fun....
Didn't plan to bring a saddle back from the trip and yet HERE WE ARE! hahahaha. When T mentioned that she was thinking about getting rid of the Custom Advantage she had, I idly wondered out loud if it might fit Ruby? I am down a dressage saddle since selling the Schleese last summer, but hadn't seriously started looking for anything because I was hoping to have my current saddle looked at by the independent fitter who comes to my trainer's barn (I just have terrible timing because last time I asked she was coming the NEXT DAY and it was a work day so I couldn't do anything about it lol). I wanted to see if the saddle fitter would have any recommendations on makes/models that might work for us. My trainer and a ton of her riders have Customs, so I knew the fitter was familiar with them/comfortable working on them, and so I thought what the heck, why not? Worst case scenario it doesn't fit so I try to help T sell it ;) So I bought the supplies to pack the saddle up and bring it back as my second free checked bag (thanks Southwest!). Originally I was going to go the moving box/packing peanuts route (mostly because that's the only way I've ever had saddles shipped to me), but Renate had a more brilliant idea.....
|Start with a "locking" Rubbermaid tote. I tossed a few vests/breeches on the bottom for padding so the saddle wasn't resting directly on the plastic. Drop the saddle in (using my new Ogilvys in the middle to take up space lol).
|Fill the rest of the empty space with balloons! Voila!
(way cheaper and presumably better for the environment than packing peanuts, and although the rubbermaid tote was more $$ than a cardboard box, I can also reuse it - win win!)
|How it came off the plane - virtually identical except the papers with my name were damp (it snowed on us at the plane change in Denver and then was pissing down rain when I finally made it back to STL).
A few of the balloons were a little deflated but the saddle was still safe and secure, yay! Now I just need all the stupid snow from the blizzard we got as soon as I got back to melt and my arena to dry out, sigh.