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    01-19-2009, 01:29 PM
Also if you're having trouble with saddle fitting, like I am with my thoroughbred, go onto the courbette saddlery website. They allow you to send them a withers tracing. Get a peice of wire/ or undo a clothes hanger and place it on the center of her withers and press down and make the shape of the withers and then trace the wire on a piece of cardboard or even a paper plate, & you can send it to courbette and they can give you the correct sizing of tree, etc your pony needs. I'm sending mine in this week.

Courbette Saddlery Company, Inc., Withers Tracing
I hope all this helps, your pony is a cute pony with alot of potential, and that Standardbred is a pretty bay! I like the jumping pic! He doesnt look like he's 18.
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    01-19-2009, 11:25 PM
Thanks for the advice everyone! The last two times I have rode my pony I have not used the martingale and she is being perfectly fine. So I think I am going to just use it every once in a while just as a reminder to her. Plus, I won't be able to use it in hunter shows. Me and my mom were going to measure her wither with the wire and go out to look for a used saddle that would fit her. I don't want to get a really nice saddle just to fit her because I am going to be seling her around the end of Summer probably. She is just a project for me so I can get more money for her so I can get this Trakehner filly that is due April 22 this year. I will not be taking him/her until it is weened, obviously. Haha
    01-20-2009, 01:45 PM
Well I give you the best of luck with her, she looks like she has ALOT of potential in her future! Let me know if you know anything else!
    01-20-2009, 05:17 PM
Thank you!! I rode her yesterday for my lesson and she did amazingggg. We were doing flying lead changes and simple changes and stuff since we couldn't jump because of the snow. But she got it every time! And we were working on keeping her collected and at the same pace. You could tell she was working really hard because she had that white foamy spit ALL around her mouth, some of it even got onto her whiskers and froze. It looked funny. I'm think once I get her calmed down a lot more I am going to try and teach her a little bit of dressage too! Thanks again to everyone!!
    01-21-2009, 12:51 PM
Oh that's great! You'll have to keep us updated with pictures!!!!
    01-21-2009, 04:40 PM
Don't worry I will! I just need to start remember the camera and have someone take pictures. I will get new ones ASAP. All the ones on here are from atleast a month ago.
    01-21-2009, 04:51 PM
She's very pretty;) my standardbred gelding is the EXACT same color, the kind of look alike a little!!!! No critique.
    01-21-2009, 05:33 PM
Yeah, that standardbred is actually supposed to be almost black, but the sun bleached his hair BIG TIME. You should see his coat in the winter, its pure black, but once summer comes he is more of a bay. Standardbreds are such sweet horses. He was the second one I had ever worked with .I for some reason always fall in love with them.
    01-21-2009, 08:27 PM
As far as not standing while being mounted. With my first horse, everytime I would go to put my foot in the stirrup she would back up or bolt. So, when she done that I immediately pushed her into very tight fast paced circle. Stopped her when I felt she was ready I done this everytime she offered to move while being mount and she eventually got the hang of "if I stand still I don't have to work hard" but the circles need to be quick and tight.
    01-21-2009, 10:57 PM
She's adorable, and looks like a blast to ride. I'm glad that you have decided to take off the martingale, since I think that a lot of your problems are stemming from her kind of bracing against it. Maybe you guys were just having a bad day, since she looks super excited in these, yet in the others ones you posted she looks much quieter. In these pictures you really need to look up. If your horse acts up, don't look down at it, that isn't going to help anything. Always look up to where you are going. In a lot of the pictures you also seem to be bracing against your stirrups and against her mouth. Move your leg back, and try to use more seat to control her then hand. And relax! You look so tense and nervous! Remember, horses can feel that and feed off of it!.

Also, this is kind of a pet peeve of mine.. you are thinking about starting to teach her dressage? If a horse is jumping, they should know basics in dressage. They should be able to do a shoulder in, haunches in, etc. They should be able to extend and collect. All of this will help you in jumping. If a horse has a solid foundation in flatwork it is much more beneficial to them, especially when you start jumping.

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