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        03-18-2008, 10:24 PM
      #21
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    Could it be from a poorly fitted saddly, jazzy? My trainer said the saddle fit, but not sure exactly how well she actually knows about saddle fitting...she says she knows alot though. I mean, to me it fits, but I could be wrong.
         
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        03-18-2008, 10:28 PM
      #22
    Trained
    I don't know hey lol he seems to move different now than in the vid from before you got him. He is also coming onto the bit nicer than he is now.

    I don't know what to say. You know your horse best :) its just the way he seems to me. Maybe someone else might have some better insight or can see something I can't :)

    P.s. Even still, he's pretty cute ;)
         
        03-18-2008, 10:40 PM
      #23
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    Originally Posted by jazzyrider
    i don't know hey lol he seems to move different now than in the vid from before you got him. He is also coming onto the bit nicer than he is now.

    I don't know what to say. You know your horse best :) its just the way he seems to me. Maybe someone else might have some better insight or can see something I can't :)

    P.s. Even still, he's pretty cute ;)
    well part of it is, he has major trust issues. He was gelded late, so I'm thinking that his first owner abused him. He flintchs even if I come close to him with a crop or lunge whip.

    Also for some strange reason, it took him a long time for him to allow me to pick his feet without a fight. He used to refuse to pick up his feet, and if I did get them up he'd try to kick me in the head. But once he got used to me, he lets me....but no one else...besides the farrier...he loves the farrier haha.

    Also, all in all, he does perform better for me. He's a "one person" horse. He'll still obey someone else, but he always turns and looks at me "mom are you still there?". It's quite adorable. He'll follow me and come to me...but no one else haha.

    What I'll do is, I'll ride him first with that saddle on, and get videos...then with a different saddle on...and then bareback. It might just be the saddle. I know when I first rode him in an English (before I bought him) they used lots of saddle pads...an English and a Western one).

    I doubt there's anything wrong with that leg, for the vet did a great job at looking him over...and if she saw anything funny or felt something funny she'd let us know. She's a brutally honest person...I had a vet exam on a mare that I fell in love with, and she was brutally honest with me...by the time the exam was over I was in tears...both due to her remarks, and the horse not passing.
    The vets comment on Sonny was "he's 10 times the horse the mare was". And for her, that's a rare comment haha.

    He is a cutie and a lover boy. He's my baby, and I won't trade him for the world.

    Part of it also could be the footing in the arena. It's soft and having a big foot (a Gypsy Vanner...his nickname is Big Foot haha) riding in the arena and leaving big foot prints probably doesn't hurt.

    In the one video of me riding Sonny in part of it...was he doing better? I know when I rode him, he wasn't collected, and when the lady who was selling him (not the owner...the owner's agent) was riding him, she had him collected.

    I'll be at the barn on Thursday all day long (fun!!!!!!!!!!!!) so I'll get lots of videos then. For the bareback video though, just to give you a warning now, he'll be sweaty (due to I want him to be tired when I get on him with no saddle). I've never rode him bareback, nor do I like riding bareback..but I think that that will tell if it's a saddle problem or not
         
        03-18-2008, 10:54 PM
      #24
    Trained
    Thats why I said it may be his back or something that is causing it :)

    Videos of everything would be good. That way its easier to narrow down where any problems may be coming from
         
        03-18-2008, 10:59 PM
      #25
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    Originally Posted by jazzyrider
    thats why I said it may be his back or something that is causing it :)

    Videos of everything would be good. That way its easier to narrow down where any problems may be coming from
    if anything I think it's from the saddle....I always watch carefully when I lunge to make sure he isn't limping and I don't lunge with a saddle on.
    I know lately they've put more rocks on the pathway up to the indoor arena...so he's gotten more rocks in his hooves. Of course I clean them out before and afterwards....and I try to get all of them, but I might have missed one that day. I'll make sure I clean his hooves at least twice before I ride him to make sure it isn't that.

    Also, I know this isn't the proper place, but is it normal for part of the frog to kinda get loose and peel off...it's still attached, but you can tell that it's hanging there. I'll be putting bell boots on also, due to when he's mad at me he does kick himself ( :roll: ) and maybe that will help also.

    Well I'm off to bed...I'll be on tomorrow morning.
         
        03-18-2008, 11:02 PM
      #26
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by SonnyWimps
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by jazzyrider
    thats why I said it may be his back or something that is causing it :)

    Videos of everything would be good. That way its easier to narrow down where any problems may be coming from
    if anything I think it's from the saddle....I always watch carefully when I lunge to make sure he isn't limping and I don't lunge with a saddle on.
    I know lately they've put more rocks on the pathway up to the indoor arena...so he's gotten more rocks in his hooves. Of course I clean them out before and afterwards....and I try to get all of them, but I might have missed one that day. I'll make sure I clean his hooves at least twice before I ride him to make sure it isn't that.

    Also, I know this isn't the proper place, but is it normal for part of the frog to kinda get loose and peel off...it's still attached, but you can tell that it's hanging there. I'll be putting bell boots on also, due to when he's mad at me he does kick himself ( :roll: ) and maybe that will help also.

    Well I'm off to bed...I'll be on tomorrow morning.
    yeah its not even a limp im seeing...more just stiffness :)

    With regards to the frog, my horses did that when their feet were wet for forever when we had heaps of rain a couple of months ago. I asked the farrier when he came out and he said it would be fine once their feet dried up. After a couple of weeks of no rain they are looking tonnes better. As long as there is nothing else going on that might be causing it then I wouldnt worry too much
         
        03-19-2008, 09:35 AM
      #27
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by jazzyrider

    Yeah its not even a limp im seeing...more just stiffness :)

    With regards to the frog, my horses did that when their feet were wet for forever when we had heaps of rain a couple of months ago. I asked the farrier when he came out and he said it would be fine once their feet dried up. After a couple of weeks of no rain they are looking tonnes better. As long as there is nothing else going on that might be causing it then I wouldnt worry too much
    well the stiffness might be due to I haven't been able to come up as often as I used to to see him and ride him. Sadly
    Before I ride tomorrow to get the videos, I'll do some leg stretching and other stuff. Also the farrier is coming so he'll have new feet...which might be good or bad...I don't know if he's sensitive after the farrier or not...don't think he will be though
         
        03-19-2008, 09:10 PM
      #28
    Yearling
    Yes I would have to agree, he short steps and doesn't come through (ie. Back hind doesn't compare to the front legs when trotting).
    He is stiff, and does seem alittle unbalanced at times.
    I don't really think its related because you haven't rode him, I think its more because he is a 'tight' moving horse.

    But he is a little cutie!!
         
        03-19-2008, 10:49 PM
      #29
    Foal
    I see it in all three trot videos, #1,#2 you can see it when you just pass the door. And alot more in #3 during sitting trot
         
        03-20-2008, 08:37 AM
      #30
    Yearling
    Yeh I agree, good pointing out!!
    :P
         

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