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    04-14-2009, 12:09 PM
Tack questions

Ive been riding for quite a while now, but on lesson horses where you just pick up the tack with that horses name on it and you know it will work. Im now working with a horse on my own, and have a few questions. I like the fit of the saddle im using ( she has a short back and this saddle works for her nicely) but it slipps easily. I first used a thick saddle pad because it was still chilly and I thought this was the problem. But I used a thin pad yesterday and it was the same problem. Any suggestions?
Also, the full cheek snaffle bit im using is giving me trouble. My mare turns just fine, but has no brakes. She opens her mouth and resists it, but then will stop. Is this a bit problem, or something else? Im not too knowledgeable about bits types, any suggestions? Thanks!!
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    04-14-2009, 12:17 PM
First question I have is, English or Western? Next question, slipping back or side to side?

As for the snaffle, it would be good to know more about your horse and the type of training she has as well as what she used before. Opening her mouth is symptomatic of avoidance so it's necessary to get more information.
    04-14-2009, 07:27 PM
English tack. The saddle slipps side so side, even though we pull the girth as tight as we should. Were not sure what she was trained in. The owner has the mare professionally trained, and then lost interest. Were trying things to see what works with her. She's gettn better as we go.
    04-14-2009, 07:54 PM
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If the saddle slips, then it's likely too narrow and/or too far forward. Some pictures would help.

For the bit, it sounds like she doesn't like the nut cracker effect of the single joint. I would try a french link or bean mouth egg-butt or d-ring. Also work with your trainer on using your seat and other aids to help prepare her for the stop and to stop, so you're not relying on your reins alone.
    04-14-2009, 08:13 PM
Sounds like you have a saddle fit problem
Regarding the bit:
1) have you had her teeth checked?
2) the saddle might be causing her some pain and she is resisting you
3) might be a training hole
4) she could dislike the bit; have you tried different mouthpieces?
    04-14-2009, 08:43 PM
If you are having problems stopping her, I would suggest instead of pulling straight back on her when stopping, try a pull-and-release method. If that does not work then I would check her teeth and possibly change bits. As for the saddle, it has to fit the horse and some saddles just don't fit. I just had that problem and I had to measure her back taking a metal strip and making forms of her back and then going saddle shopping with the piece of metal to the different saddles until I found one that fit perfectly to the forms of her back.

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