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    09-11-2009, 03:03 AM
  #11
Foal
[quote=loosie;400729]I agree with the 'don't worry about breeches' comment, but proper riding shoes?? I better not send in any pics of me riding barefoot & in a skirt, 'side saddle' on a stock saddle then! quote]

I've been riding in skate shoes for years. I've ridden barefoot in a skirt lots too in the summer, but always bareback. Sweaty butt in the saddle feels yucky haha. I keep my horses at my own place, and ride on my backroad, so I've had nobody to curb my unsafe riding practices. My parent's aren't horsepeople. But after years of riding green horses with skate shoes and no helmet, I'm still alive. As I tell the girls I give lessons to, " Do as I say, not as I do".

About the feet, proper trimming could probably help at lot. Those skinny pasterns still scare me a little.... but then agian, my horse is half Clydesdale... he has BIG legs!
     
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    09-11-2009, 04:44 AM
  #12
Foal
Your shorts and half chaps made me smile. I can just imagine the tan (or sunburn) lines.


As for her feet, next time he/she is out, ask your farrier to try to bring her toe in and build up her heel. It can't be fixed in one trim, but after a few times, you will be able to see a big difference.

Regarding the bit comments, what kind of bit are you using? It looks to be just a plain full cheek snaffle, which is not a harsh bit whatsoever. It is meant to be used with bit holders, however. These hold the full cheek snaffle in an upright position, which is how it is supposed to be used. I do agree that for whatever reason, your mare doesn't seem to be happy under saddle. I did notice you are at her mouth alot in most the pictures, and she is just sticking her nose out and trying to get away from the pressure. You could teach her how to give to pressure, and that will make her look nicer under saddle, and more fun/easier to ride then constantly pulling on her mouth all the time.

Overall, she is a cute mare. I wouldn't worry about her weight too much, I just think she is meant to be a little stocky. =]
     
    09-11-2009, 12:05 PM
  #13
Foal
I do have proper riding britches, but I live on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. When I got the chance to ride, It would be at least 90 degrees with about 90% humidity. I ALWAYS ride in boots since I cannot stand my beet being stepped on. The shorts were a quick fix to the heat, and chaps because the saddle hurt my legs. :)
These pictures were taken in June, before I stated having my trainer come to help me with her. She has improved so much since then. We found the bit problem. The bridle I was using was such poorly made the leather kept stretching, making the bit fall farther down into her mouth. That's why she would act up until I pulled the reigns tight, because it pulled the bit back up. We thought she was just resisting the bit, but It wasn't the case. Those of you who think the snaffle is to harsh, what do you recomend using on a horse you are just breaking? I have always been told to use the simple snaffle.
     
    09-11-2009, 05:00 PM
  #14
Yearling
Yay for being from maryland! :) I don't know if you know where it is, but I'm from severna park. Not too far from annapolis.

And cute horse. No critique thoughh.
     
    09-11-2009, 05:28 PM
  #15
Foal
Try to post some current pictures of you riding her. It would be nice to see the progress she has made. Very smart of you to work with a trainer and get a good start wtih her. I'm sure you're learning lots and having fun.
     
    09-12-2009, 02:19 AM
  #16
Trained
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Originally Posted by dominoschica    
As for her feet, next time he/she is out, ask your farrier to try to bring her toe in and build up her heel. ....
It looks to be just a plain full cheek snaffle, which is not a harsh bit whatsoever. It is meant to be used with bit holders, however.
Agree with the toes needing to come back(but they may have by now, hopefully), but definitely don't agree with 'building heels up'. This is a very bad idea, if you want the horse to have healthy, properly functioning feet.

Single jointed snaffles can most definitely be harsh(tho comparing them with worse ones means you can definitely do worse to your horse). They are such a common bit, but I've rarely actually seen them used with bit holders/keepers. The reason single jointed snaffles can be harsh is that the joint can gouge into the roof of the mouth, especially if it's used with a martingale or similar, and if both reins are pulled equally & with any strength, it has a 'nut cracker' effect on the tongue. I would use a double jointed(french) snaffle or a straight bar bit, at least until the horse is very well trained.

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just sticking her nose out and trying to get away from the pressure. You could teach her how to give to pressure, and that will make her look nicer under saddle, and more fun/easier to ride then constantly pulling on her mouth all the time.
...Not to mention less painful & more fun for the horse in question.

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Those of you who think the snaffle is to harsh, what do you recomend using on a horse you are just breaking?
A halter. I don't put a bit in a horse's mouth until they're reliable & confident yielding to gentle pressure in all manner of ways, and until I'm not relying on reins for control. That way, regardless what bit you're using, you're a lot less likely to hurt the horse with it, and it can be used for refinement of communication, rather than forcefully for control.
     
    09-13-2009, 09:16 PM
  #17
Foal
Im in college now and I'm going home to see her this weekend, along with all the other animals. If I have time, and she behaves, I'll get some pics and post them when I can :)
     

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