I think Cinny and I had an "A-Ha" day today..opinions please - Page 3 - The Horse Forum

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post #21 of 26 Old 09-20-2012, 11:33 AM
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Cinny, I just wanted to say that I think it's fantastic that you're back with your renewed attitude. I haven't had much to add to any of your threads, but I've been reading them and learning tons.
Anebel, thank you for your post(s?) in this thread - I needed a major reminder this week especially with my Ro - been having one of "those" weeks..!
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post #22 of 26 Old 09-20-2012, 12:32 PM
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Me too. And, to say that all these things that you struggle with, I would say at least 50% of the folks on here struggle with them , too. Me, ya, you betcha!

I had a lesson a while back where my teacher did this kind of interesting thing:

Sit the horse (horse stands quietly) and sit up tall but not forced. Let your arms dangle down. Now, roll the arm from the shoulder so that the palm now faces outward. Change nothing except the roll outward. Feel the slight pull across the front of your chest/shoulder? Now, holding your shoulders in that position, bring your lower arm up and around into "holding the reins" position. YOur shoulder should still be rolled back and your upper arm pressed lightly into your ribcage. Think of a million dollar bill in the back of your armpit. If you open your arm off your ribcage, you lose the money.

This is just to put you in a good position. It has to be somewhat flexible, like Anebel said "functional equitation" , but if you start to recognize that feel, you can go back to it whenever you notice your elbow rolling outward. Think of it as "home" , and go there often.
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post #23 of 26 Old 09-21-2012, 04:30 PM Thread Starter
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The new saddle has arrived. I followed the directions in measuring Cinny with the gauge and putting in the appropriate gullet. Thought I wasn't going to get to try it out because I hadn't anticipated shorter billets, my 22inch girth was about 8 inches too short :( But I was able to get my Surcingle girth to work for now. Lunged Cinny and after a few strides he extended his trot and looked at me with this look of great relief. Not a single buck. So, I hopped on (without the flexi blocs). It's wider and roomier than I am used to but oh so much easier to keep the correct position. It was so easy to relax in, and it didn't push me forward or make my tailbone sore at all, unlike my Kieffer. We had a very happy ride "on the buckle' at walk and trot. I picked up the reins a little more and went into a canter. It was the most beautiful, smooth, relaxed canter I have EVER had on Cinny.

I really think that this is going to greatly improve us in the future. I am so sorry that over the past year when people would say my saddle was a big issue, that I didn't listen. I could have saved myself a LOT of grief, and Cinny too.

Now we just need to work on mutual trust, and my arms/hands. Today I DID rest my hands on his withers and after about 10 minutes he relaxed down. Great advice. I heard someone shout from somewhere that my hands were too low and I needed to bend my elbows, but I ignored it this time.
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post #24 of 26 Old 09-21-2012, 05:46 PM
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He certainly is a nice mover, isn't he?

You guys look really good; I see SO much impovement. Anabel and the others pretty much covered the critique.
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post #25 of 26 Old 09-21-2012, 07:49 PM
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It's amazing what a good saddle can do. After we got my boy a saddle that fit, we had the ciro out to do an adjustment. The saddle that didn't fit messed up his back pretty bad. He was sore there was A LOT of cracking going on. Maybe get a chiro for Cinny, just to make sure he isn't in any pain? Sometimes they associate the pain from the saddle with work and they just don't want to work anymore. I'm glad you had a great ride :)

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It's amazing what a good saddle can do. After we got my boy a saddle that fit, we had the ciro out to do an adjustment. The saddle that didn't fit messed up his back pretty bad. He was sore there was A LOT of cracking going on. Maybe get a chiro for Cinny, just to make sure he isn't in any pain? Sometimes they associate the pain from the saddle with work and they just don't want to work anymore. I'm glad you had a great ride :)
He gets massage therapy often but it has been a while since the chiro was out, good idea.

My old saddle used to leave "dents" in the top of his back after a ride and the Wintec didn't leave anything more than a sweat mark. I also gave him a nice massage after the way the therapist showed me to work out tender spots and he barely had any.
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