Gaited horse/ stumbling and falling
OK, actually I have a few questions... :) The first is that my gaited Icey stumbles a lot. In fact, he went down on his knees in the fall and I went over his head and landed on the street. :( Seems to do it more with certain saddles (I've been looking for a new one) but the end result is that I'm nervous to ride now, I don't want him to trip and I don't want to fall off. I went back to my old saddle which is a very hard seated Wintec that brings my legs forward too much instead of long and straightish which I think is the goal when riding Iceys. When we do ride, like 1x a weekend in the winter, he wants to G-O but I want to keep him collected... and slow, again w/ the winter, cold weather, snow, and the fact that he tripped to his knees, we're in a constant battle fighting the bit the whole time. Am trying a snaffle to get more control. Hate riding his face. How can I collect him, his neck has no arch at all, no muscle... he is always stretched out. OK, any suggestions are welcome. Sweet horse which I'll never sell, great health no issues, 14 yo gelding. Imported when he was younger. Thanks!