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post #11 of 15 Old 06-02-2011, 10:53 AM Thread Starter
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That is really interesting Kayty. It does sound somewhat similar to what I've been dealing with while riding my little Arabian. I do feel like I've lost all hind end engagement when she's being particularly fussy. Thanks for everyone's input... this definitely gives me something to think about and work on while I'm riding her today. I'll have to let you know how it goes.
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post #12 of 15 Old 06-02-2011, 01:08 PM
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That is really interesting Kayty. It does sound somewhat similar to what I've been dealing with while riding my little Arabian. I do feel like I've lost all hind end engagement when she's being particularly fussy. Thanks for everyone's input... this definitely gives me something to think about and work on while I'm riding her today. I'll have to let you know how it goes.
You mention 'little'. Has her mouth been measured? I have a QH that is only a 4.5 mouth. She has a fit with a 5 inch bit in her mouth.
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My guess is that she's about 14.2hh or so... though she does have that petite Arabian head. The eggbutt I've been using on her is a 4.5" I believe. I'm not sure about the D-ring.
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It sounds like she isn't giving to the bit. Perhaps the mouthpiece is too thick. You may have to be content with progressing in inches and always going back to what she can do and is comfortable with. If you really listen to your horse you will figure ways to resolve what is troubling her. If she's ok to be ridden in a loose rein, then do that 90% of the time.
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post #15 of 15 Old 06-03-2011, 12:23 AM
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I have no idea how she was ridden previously or even how much... no history on this girl, really. She did seem to "western jog" at first when asked to trot, but that could be laziness or feeling unbalanced after a while off of work. The bridle I was told to use with her is an english bridle however.

She seems to settle down after about a lap or two around the arena when I give her a longer rein... though if I throw the rein away entirely she will become racey at the trot rather than to keep a steady more relaxed pace. She does seem to avoid contact on occasion, almost dropping behind the bit sometimes.

This sounds a bit like my horse actually. I had her teeth floated, she calmed down some, but not fully. Tried several different bits, found one that helped some, but didn't help enough. It was still an issue. What I ended up doing was alot of round ring work before I took her out, and it helped ALOT. She was just an antsy hot blooded horse. When I had gotten her though, she was a broodmare/lawn ornament and never ridden, wich I think didn't help. (I was initially told she had minimal training, then told she had NEVER been ridden). So basically it could be a bit of her personallity, equipment, and just needs to learn some manners under saddle.
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