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post #1 of 6 Old 08-21-2012, 10:05 PM Thread Starter
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Question Why do I feel tippy on some horses?

I ride one horse for lesson and I feel perfectly stable on her even when she has spooked but on the horse my daughter and I half lease I feel like I am constantly trying to keep my balance. It feels like he is never quite right under me. We have been trying out horses for prospective purchase and the vast majority feel like the lesson horse even some of them that were too hot for my level of riding. I have been taking lessons 1 time a week for a year so I am a begginer and I am assuming it is me, but I can't figure out why one horse and not most of the others. Any thoughts?
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post #2 of 6 Old 08-21-2012, 11:04 PM
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Comes down to build/strength of the horse vs. your weight/balance. Some horses are not strong and some people are to heavy for all but draft horses. Some people have no sense of balance and are constantly pulling their horse off balance, again a strong horse can overcome this.

Here's an example. My mom has 15hh gelding who has a thin build, probably weighs 850-900 pounds. He's a horse I've never ridden and doubt I ever will. Why? I can reach over his back and pull him off balance with nothing more than my arm. He feels like if I ever actually tried to jump on he would fall over. But I've had a 14.3 mare that felt rock solid under me and didn't hesitate to haul me up the side of a mountain.

Exception to this is young horses, they have to learn how to balance a rider and develop strength to do it.
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post #3 of 6 Old 08-22-2012, 01:05 AM
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I think Darrin has said it well. I might add that some horses have a quickness to their actions and responses (eg they naturally walk/trot faster, they react more immediately to an aid, etc) that doesn't make them dangerous by any means, but it may put you out of sync with their movements for a moment or two.
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It is not just the whole weight height thing. I never ever felt anything less then tippy on my little stout Haffy, I could never find my balance on her, but my Haffy stud, who was a lot lighter built felt 4 square and solid.

Some horses just don't fit us, same as you never feel comfortable with some people, just the way it is.
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post #5 of 6 Old 08-22-2012, 05:09 AM
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Its also sometimes saddle fit. If the saddle doesn't fit the horse right with the correct balance, or even if its too small or big for you, it may be throwing you off balance.
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Thanks for the advice. It helps.
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