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    02-13-2009, 11:29 AM
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Foal
Post Ok...so how should I do this?

I have not had the time to ride my mare in about 5 weeks. It has been so cold that the breathe that comes out of your mouth freezes in front of you. I have her at my house and there is no roundpen yet (actually we have half of one set up haha). I am getting a new saddle because the one I have right now does not work. I am getting it today to take it home and try it out to see if it is going to work or not. I am nervous about getting on her because she is so young and when she is not ridden consistantly she really acts up next time you get on her. I do not have the facilities to work her before hand and her lunging training has been halted because of the cold so I can't really do that either. I know I need to ride her to know if it feels right etc but how should I go about this? What are the things that I should look for to know that it is a good saddle? And since I already know she will act up and have our own little rodeo, while that is happening what should I look for in the feel and fit?
     
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    02-13-2009, 12:27 PM
  #2
Weanling
How exactly does the one you have not work? Does it fit her poorly or something else? You can generally tell if the saddle fits without getting on her back. Does she have issues with just putting a saddle on or when you get on her. If you look there are lots of articles out there on how to tell if your saddle fits. What kind of saddle are you getting? If you are trying to decide if the saddle fits you then likewise you can do this without riding her. You can ride in the saddle on another calmer horse or put it on a sturdy saddle stand.
     
    02-13-2009, 12:32 PM
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Foal
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Originally Posted by back in the crosby again    
How exactly does the one you have not work? Does it fit her poorly or something else? You can generally tell if the saddle fits without getting on her back. Does she have issues with just putting a saddle on or when you get on her. If you look there are lots of articles out there on how to tell if your saddle fits. What kind of saddle are you getting? If you are trying to decide if the saddle fits you then likewise you can do this without riding her. You can ride in the saddle on another calmer horse or put it on a sturdy saddle stand.
The bars are way too big for her on the saddle that I have. It is a full QH bars, and I need to get a semi. This one that I am looking at has semi bars, but it looks like the gullet is too small. She saddles up fine and it looks fine normally when I am getting ready to ride, but the problems begin when I get on her back. That is why I am wondering what I can do to tell the difference when I am on her with this one compared to the saddle I have and to tell if it is better or worse.
     
    02-14-2009, 05:02 PM
  #4
Weanling
I'd say don't get on her at first. Put the saddle on, see how it fits, and then lunge her. You don't NEED a round pen to lunge, its just easier lol. Just keep her working in a wide circle on the end of the line and see how she goes. If she shows discomfort from the saddle then its better she shows it without you onboard in case she bucks, especially as she's young.

Don't get on until you're confident she has settled and that the saddle fits properly. You don't want it pinching her and then she throws you because of a reaction to the discomfort. Good luck!
     

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