That stirrup is all that's left of a Sue Rowe dressage saddle that belonged to my friend Trisha fifteen years ago. I wasn't a tackmaker then. I had never attended a live show and my entire collection was made up of original finish Breyers. Still, I was aware of the hobby. I had several hobbyist penpals and a subscription to The Hobby Horse News. I was intrigued by all the cool things I saw in that magazine--the customs, the resins and especially the tack. When my friend told me she'd bought a model sized dressage saddle I just had to see it in person. That might have been a problem since she lived in Colorado and I lived in Tennessee. However, Trish is a really good friend. She stuck the saddle in a box and mailed it to me.
And then my puppy ate it!
I felt so bad! Abbie wasn't a terribly chewy pup, but she completely destroyed Trisha's saddle. The stirrup and stirrup leather were the only parts that survived. The rest was just... gone.
Of course I bought her a new one. It cost forty dollars and I had it shipped directly to Trish. I really wanted to see that one in person, too, but I didn't trust myself to keep it safe. Luckily, Trish said the replacement was even nicer than the original.
So, all's well that ends well, but I still do not like being responsible for other people's treasures!