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post #1 of 10 Old 07-01-2009, 08:50 PM Thread Starter
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A Few Questions...

I seem to keep thinking up new stuff that I suddenly have the urge to post. Weird, I know, but I think I enjoy getting advice from multiple people that have different opinions and everything.

Anyways, I'll get on with it and try not to make it too long.

- Do you think it would be worth it to own a saddle if you didn't own your own horse?

+ Okay, so my grandma owns two horses, right? But the younger TWH (she bought to ride but I think he's just a pet now, which drives me crazy because he's so pretty and has a ton of potential) goes western and the older TWH can't really be ridden anymore. So she offered me a saddle. I don't own my own horse. Really, I don't even lease. My instructor said it would be worth at least looking at, of course, and I figured if I really didn't want it I could sell it or something. Haha. But would it be worth it, if it was in good shape and would fit most horses? I'd have to figure out where to keep it, or drag it back and forth with me. Either way I'm not so sure it would be worth it, to say the least.

- Allegra not only keeps picking up the wrong lead in the canter on both directions, but going, uh...a direction (man, i forgot which direction! i'll find out tomorrow for you totally awesome people) she does this weird canter-trot-canter-trot sort of thing. I don't really know how to describe it...It's like she's cantering and trotting at the same time almost. Confusing, I know, I'm sorry. I know that there was a mare at our barn who used to canter with her hind end and trot with her front end but I never rode her so I couldn't tell you if it was the same thing. Anyways, anything to do with the whole wrong lead thing would help tons. It's hard to do a trot-canter-trot sort of game because she's still green enough that the canter's new and she rushes into it, I guess, and takes a circle or two to actually relax down into it before she'll collect up and everything.

I /think/ that's all right now. Guess I'll edit if I have anymore questions, eh?

Thanks so much!
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post #2 of 10 Old 07-01-2009, 09:11 PM
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I say if you can get your hands on free stuff go for it. If you get a horse later on and that particular saddle doesnt fit him then you can sell if and get another one.
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post #3 of 10 Old 07-01-2009, 09:31 PM
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Yeah it's worth it because you can add to your tack box. It might not fit every horse you ride or even a horse you buy for that matter but it's always good to have when you need it. Trust me!!
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post #4 of 10 Old 07-01-2009, 09:33 PM Thread Starter
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Haha. See, I know nothing about this. I guess it would be better just to have it around even if I can't use it right now for later use or whatnot.

Thanks guys!
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post #5 of 10 Old 07-02-2009, 10:04 AM
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-Owning your own saddle would be great. It is nice to have something consistent that you are comfortable riding that fits "you". But that is the thing, you need to make sure it fits you right and is a pretty generic size so it will fit the horses you ride. Hauling it back and forth is really not that big of a deal. Just keep it covered/protected.
-As far as cantering on the green horse, sometimes when you are first staring to teach them to canter they just don't know what to do with their legs. Work on keeping your leg on her and puching her forward to engage her hind end. It will probably feel like you are going way too fast at first, but once you can get her to actually canter, you can work on collecting her back up.
-Transitions are GREAT even/especially on the green ones. Canter a lap, trot a lap, canter a lap, etc...
-As far as the wrong lead goes, make sure he nose is slightly to the inside, and then push hard with your outside leg to push her hind end to the inside. If she picks up the wrong lead, bring her back to the trot, and let her settle then ask again. Keep doing this until she gets the correct one. Putting her on a circle to get the canter (or in a corner) will really help becaue it will help put her on the correct bend. You could also put a pole set off the corner and ask her to canter over the pole. Just be very quiet and patient and she will figure it out! Good luck!!!! Hope this helps!
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post #6 of 10 Old 07-02-2009, 12:07 PM Thread Starter
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I was going to ride today but I'm totally getting sick and can't allow that to happen so I decided just to hang around today.

I'll try what you said on Friday when I ride, and I also have a lesson on Saturday so that /should/ help some, hopefully.

I really like the pole idea and might see if I can do that. At our barn we can't actually jump but we've been trotting and cantering over logs until a group of us trailer out somewhere.

With how fast she's getting into shape it'll be easy to start cantering more, but if we have so many issues with it I'm not always a big fan of messing with it. But I guess we'll have to face it sometime!

Thanks. =D
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post #7 of 10 Old 07-02-2009, 02:48 PM
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Well I hope you feel better soon!! =)

You don't need a jump, just a ground pole =)

Yup...you have to practice it to fix it =) Just be patient and consistent and it should get better quickly! Good luck!
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post #8 of 10 Old 07-02-2009, 07:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Goosen View Post
- Do you think it would be worth it to own a saddle if you didn't own your own horse?
Not unless you always ride the same horse. It's WAY more important for the saddle to fit the horse than to fit the rider!
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post #9 of 10 Old 07-04-2009, 02:11 PM Thread Starter
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I'm riding the same horse right now and I should be for quite a while.
My trainer thinks Allegra and I could easily do a show right now, on the 12th, so we might just do it! It'd be her second show and my...third. I guess we could do an intro test, but we'll see...She's really, really good with her head (like, tighten the reins and she'll collect herself, she collected on the /trail/ a few days ago) and her walk and trot are both good. The trot is very much her favorite out of all of them.

Our cantering was /very/ ruff at first today but it got a ton better! I was very happy with her and we actually made it around the arena a few times before she broke to a trot.

We can also do circles without her falling all over the place now when we couldn't two days ago. Amazing what she catches on to.
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post #10 of 10 Old 07-06-2009, 12:07 PM
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Just to throw in my own opinion on the saddle, definitely go for it. You never know when it might come in handy, and you'll regret not snatching up something free. I have my own saddle, and it's a million times better than having to deal with school saddles. As already said, it would be helpful if it was a generic size to it fits most horses.
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