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        01-03-2011, 07:54 PM
      #11
    Yearling
    Good for you! Excuse my language everyone, but I think she was just pissy at you for not taking it. She will probably get a little mad and then just get over it because she is going to learn that YOU are the boss not her. Her saddle looks fine to me. I don't think its that I think she was just getting away with bad habits. Just keep it up and be the boss and she will learn and get over it. I'm really happy for you.
         
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        01-03-2011, 08:09 PM
      #12
    Super Moderator
    Dear Friend,

    Thank you for sharing those photos. Get her out of that saddle ASAP! It is way to wide in front and if you cannot get even a baby finger under the pommel unmounted, imagine how much pressure is on the top of her wither bone with your weight in the saddle! Now , mulitply that with each trot step, and if you are not a balanced rider, then the mulitiplication factor goes up even more. That saddle is probably the root of most of the bad behavior.

    On the good side, this means that when the problem is taken care of the mystery is solved. On the bad side, it may take awhile for the soreness to go away and she may be saddle sour for some time even after you geet a better fitting saddle.

    Just out of curiosity, how did your horse and that saddle come together?
         
        01-03-2011, 08:13 PM
      #13
    Super Moderator
    Really, if you cannot get a finger under the pommel when you are mounted, it is not a good fit.

    Also, is this horse always ridden with all that gadgetry on it? The elevator bit, the martingale?

    From what little I could see, your position in the saddle isn't bad, just roll hand over to thumb on top, ne?
         
        01-03-2011, 08:13 PM
      #14
    Weanling
    Thanks Gizmo I was really happy today with how I did :P I am going to have to just keep doing that.


    Ok so when I got the horse I went to the tack shop to get tack and that is the saddle the shop owner picked for her. She said it would pinch her wither a bit so she gave me a thick saddle cloth. I honestly knew nothing about saddle fitting then. If I did I would not have got the saddle...It is a fairly cheap one too so I am going to get a better quality one. I will probably just lunge her for a while without a saddle so her back can have a break.

    I can be a bit unbalanced while trotting especially on her because she trots so fast!

    And yup she always had that bit and martingale. She is strong so needs that bit and well someone suggested a martingale to keep her head down.

    In the picture I was moving my hands around to get her to go on the bit but yeah I always forget to put my thumbs on top!
         
        01-03-2011, 08:18 PM
      #15
    Super Moderator
    Sarah, that trotting fast is all part and parcel with her trying to run out from under a pinching saddle. Horses are like that sometimes. She may also drop her back down too, avoiding contact. Will make it very difficult to have her on the bit. She may tuck her chin down, but her back will still be dropped and her energy still in a "backward" frame. That's also explains her wanting to back up and try to back out from under the discomfort.

    You could take this time to do some ground work with her and build your confidence with her. Just don't let her get spoiled while off.
    You can lunge her over ground poles, that is good for the back.
         
        01-03-2011, 08:18 PM
      #16
    Yearling
    Oh sorry miss read the part about not fitting the finger in when you were on her. Yeah try a new saddle. My local tack store is really helpful and just tell them she has really high withers. They would probably be able to find something for you.
         
        01-03-2011, 08:20 PM
      #17
    Weanling
    I agree with losing the saddle! And finding a different horse to ride a few times.
    I just spent the fall working on getting my confidence back up after time off, and I rode this one horse a couple of times and just the way it went, my confidence sky rocketed back to a good enough level that I can now ride my greenie again.

    Is it possible for you to get a chiro or massage person to check you horse's back?
    I used my one saddle on my horse for just a month a couple times a week and my mare started getting cranky. Had the chiro out and he showed me just how tight her muscles had gotten. Its like a bad fitting shoe, those muscle cramps that hit your feet and how bad they hurt even after an hour of wearing them? Imagine that pain all through back.

    Best of luck! I hope it all works out, she's cute!
         
        01-03-2011, 08:24 PM
      #18
    Weanling
    Ok so I will get a new saddle fitted tomorrow and leave it by in the shop until her back feels better. She is a really nice horse on the ground so I hope getting a new saddle will make her better to ride eventually. And I will have to exercise her someway because as you can see she doesn't have much muscles and I have had her for over three months! A lot of things keep happening and then she is left for a few days until she can be worked again. Ground poles sound good as she can get confused on what to do with them.

    I will also take lessons on other horses to get my confidence back up and so I still get to ride :p

    Oh and yeah I will get someone out to check her back. I should have thought of this sooner! She must be in a lot of pain. And it explains why she behaves good when she has had a two week break from the saddle and then misbehaves the next day she is ridden. Poor girl =(
         
        01-03-2011, 08:57 PM
      #19
    Super Moderator
    Sarah, what a good sport you have been about seeking and taking advice online . I hope things work out better for you and your cute mare. Will you get another All purpose saddle or a dressage saddle? So many decisions!
    Too bad you are so far away, I would happily let you ride Mac, who is a total confidence booster!
         
        01-03-2011, 09:00 PM
      #20
    Weanling
    Probably all purpose because I like jumping but I also want to do a lot of flat work with her to get her moving nice and softly.

    Aww I love the name Mac! There is a mac where I work but he is a fat little shetland pony XD
         

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