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    08-06-2008, 03:09 PM
Cold Back

I am not sure if this is the right section, but I am riding a Arab who has a very cold back. It is quite dramtic, by just putting the weight in the stirrup he goes backwards and down, this is even before you have the weight over him. Once you are on and you have slowly lowered your weight into the saddle he is fine. He is loverly to ride, but very hard to get on. Has anyone any suggestions on the best way to overcome or help this problem?
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    08-06-2008, 03:20 PM
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Is he young?

Perhaps a lap or two on the lunge with the tack on to get the humpies out?

With the younger saddlebreds that i've started, it was just a matter of get on and ride and repeat...they got over it fairly quickly.

He doesn't have any health issues/ not sore in his back is he?
    08-07-2008, 01:38 AM
Lots and lots of lunging before you start riding him. They really need to get warmed up for a much longer amount of time before you can even consider getting on.
It's late and I'm tired and can't thing of the name of it know those kitchen clothes you put on the side of your sink to sit dishes on? The ones that prevent them from slipping around while its drying?

They are slightly squishy and grippy. They work great on cold backed horses (or at least the one I worked with). Get yourself one and place underneath the saddle pad when you tack up. An old trained of mine had me start using this with a horse I was working with. No idea why or how it even worked, but it did.

Hope that made sense?
    08-07-2008, 11:14 AM
He is about 11years old, but I will try what 'my2geldings' said, and start doing more lunging before I try and get on him and see how it goes.
    08-07-2008, 12:17 PM
Maybe a massage to loosen those muscles up???
    08-07-2008, 12:58 PM
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My mare is really cold back, the longing does help, also, when we first get on her, we do alot of bending excersizes, right off the bat, small circles and stuff...seems to help... she's 14 - I don't think it go's away... like, I think you will always deal w/ it... just they way they are...

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