Hi, and thank you. I have used side reins before! He is really darn good about collecting himself on the lunge line though. I don't know his history, I am unable to connect with his former owner, but I think he's had some pretty extensive training.
I will definitely work on building him up to lunge. :)
I am really having a heck of a time fitting him, my arab saddles are too small (he is a big arabian) for him and my mom's QH saddle is too big. I am going to have a fitter come out and have a look, but as mentioned I hate to buy something that will no longer fit when I build up his back muscles. :/
The vet I see has one of my horse's sisters, and a saddle she thinks might fit him since her girl is big too. Fingers crossed. It's a simco arab tree trail saddle.
Or, maybe a semi QH bar would work.
For now, 3x a week lunging. :)
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