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    01-03-2011, 10:18 PM
^^My Mac is NOT a confidence booster :)

Okay, OP you've got some great advice going on here....I agree on all counts. Lose the saddle, it's way too wide...and if she pulls down push forward.

The only thing I have to add is that if she keeps backing up on you when you ask for forward(and I mean with a saddle that doesn't hurt), back her up til she won't anymore. Make it so that she WANTS to go forward. When she starts backing up and you don't want her to, continue to back her more, more, more, more, when she makes a move to go forward, relax and allow her to move freely. If she doesn't try to go forward, stop backing every now and then to offer that chance. If she doesn't accept, continue to back. I think you'll find that if she knows she has to work in one direction or the other, she'll choose forward :)
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    01-04-2011, 07:48 AM
Originally Posted by Sarahandlola    
She has a big behind I could not see over it XD

Does this saddle make my butt look big?
    01-04-2011, 02:06 PM
Lol XD

I got her a new saddle today and it fits! And it is very comfortable! I will take pictures of it tomorrow.
    01-04-2011, 10:13 PM
Lol! That's funny. Great! I hope it helps!
    01-05-2011, 03:18 AM
You got a saddle already? That's amazingly fast. I can't wait to see the photos. What kind is it?
    01-05-2011, 04:34 AM
It is a Falcon All purpose english saddle. Very nice and comfy! And I got it for 330 euro. It can go up to over 1000 euro for a new one and the one I got is just like new.
    01-09-2011, 03:56 PM
So I rode her in the new saddle for the first time today and all was going great until near the end she started pulling her head down again! Grrrr! I was just thinking she hadn't done it at all then she does it XD So I guess she is just doing it to annoy me.

No backing up at all though! She went forward very well so I am happy about that.
    01-09-2011, 04:21 PM
I don't understand the thought process of using a martingale to keep her head down when you are uncomfortable with her head down. Did you ditch the martingale yet?

If my horse would back up when I asked for forward movement, I would not keeping backing and backing. I would disengage her hindquarters and get her turning on the forehand. And ask for forward movement again. Anything your horse does should be your idea, not hers.
    01-09-2011, 04:26 PM
The martingale is there because she holds her head to high....I never said I did not like her head down I said I did not like it when she pulled her head down and pulling me down with her.
    01-09-2011, 04:34 PM
Originally Posted by Sarahandlola    
The martingale is there because she holds her head to high....I never said I did not like her head down I said I did not like it when she pulled her head down and pulling me down with her.
So, she is rooting her nose down, grabbing hold of the bit, and pulling the reins out of your hands? I would just caution you to be careful with the martingale. Used improperly, it can cause alot of damage. Used correctly, it is a short term training aide, not meant for everyday riding. She needs to be taught to carry her head appropriately, not forced to keep it where you want it. Best of luck, she is a cute little mare.

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