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        08-25-2011, 05:18 PM
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    Switching Saddles-- Ride?

    So I am scheduling a saddle fitting for my horse Sky. He still has a long way to go with filling out but due to the move, I want to get a saddle that fits him NOW that I can work with him in and that I actually own (the saddles I've ridden him in are my trainer's)

    The saddle he is in right now is an Aussie.. He is padded with a western pad and a towel folded into three layers. We'll probably make the switch sometime next week.

    My question is should I continue to work with him under saddle or is it a better idea to do ground work, put good ideas into his head about trotting and flexing and hoeing and transitions and being soft aka not hollowing out (what we would be working on) until we get the new saddle?

    It'll be some sort of English saddle, dressage (I have one that fits him, not sure if I can re-flock or not.. but having it checked anyway)

    Thanks
         
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        08-25-2011, 08:44 PM
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    Also I am thinking of switching bits. My horse is super green and he was in a very mild never-heard-of german bit, but then he kept holding onto it and blowing through my rein aids as he bolted off... we then switched him to an eggbutt snaffle (very thick) and he seems to like it..but not love it. He is reluctant to stop and he expects a lot of force to turn (he has gotten better but has been like that since I've met him..)

    I have been reading more and more about bits and I really want to try him in a Dee french link snaffle. Dee rings don't pinch, which is a huge plus to the eggbutt he's in right now. Also, his snaffle bit has a lot of flexion and I know they have a tendency to be sharp on the roof of their mouth or on their tongue when a lot of force is used. I rather not train Sky to do things by putting a lot of oww in his mouth.

    I'm not sure what size he is (I will have to measure) but what are the advantages and do you think he'd like it?
    Are there advantages (good jumping bit, easy aids, no pinching) etc. this bit has? I'm trying to get into dressage and crosscounty/jumping eventually. I want him to be an all around horse :) And be confident in everything he does.

    Thanks :)
         

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