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    10-28-2011, 09:34 PM
tryed a saddle on my horse

So I tryed a new saddle on my horse and we got it on and I walked him around and he troted and we were standing there looking at it on him and he started to lean forward and stumbled a little bit. He righted him self and then did it again. I undid the back cinch and then the front one and walked him around and he seemed fine. Why would he act like that? What could cause him to do that? The saddle was not on tight it was loose so I didnt get on we were testing it.
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    10-28-2011, 09:45 PM
Has your horse ever done that before?

I'd be very concerned. Did you do anything significantly different from how you normally tack him up? I know its a new saddle, but I'm assuming you've used a western with a front and back cinch on him before?

I'm having a hard time figuring out what the saddle fitting problem would be that would cause a horse to fall, especially if the saddle was not tight and you were not moving quickly.

I'd be cautious about the saddle,and if your horse continues to do it, I'd call the vet and have him checked out.
    10-28-2011, 10:02 PM
The thought that comes to my mind is a nerve. Sometimes a saddle cinch can pinch a nerve, sometimme cause part paralasis (spelling?) or weakess in the front end.
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    10-28-2011, 10:12 PM
He rolled on a trail ride but he's enver stumbled, he didnt fall just acted.... drunk... but was fine after I unsaddled! No I used a cutting saddle and it didnt fit the best so we got new saddles to try on him. He's only 4 and a half and I got him in may, he's 16.2hh and is bomb proof I can throw stuff around him and he doesnt flinch. The lady had a back cinch on him. This will be the first time I used one on my horses in 3 years, last time my horse bucked and I ate dirt...

I did it the same and always I have been ridding bareback my stuff is at the house and my horses are 300 to 400 feet away and I hate carrying it all there and back. This winter we will have everything back there so I will be using saddles a lot more.
    10-28-2011, 10:18 PM
I'm going to agree it could possibly have been a pinched nerve, or a negative reaction to the back cinch. Did you have regular saddle pads on him or just the saddle itself?
    10-28-2011, 10:26 PM
I had a saddle pad that had the foam/gel in it to help, I never put a saddle on with out a pad.
    10-28-2011, 10:35 PM
I think it was nerve, it may not havve even been the specific saddle, some cinches are different from others. I'm not sure what to do about a pinched nerve thou.
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    10-28-2011, 10:44 PM
There is this guy near us that's a trainer (we might send him there to get finnished) and he makes these pads that move pressure points to where they should be, a few years ago my QHs back was messed up and we tryed one and he was a new horse and after we got him cracked he was better and didnt need to use one anymore so we gave it back to our friend but now thinking we should get 2 for when I show and long trail rides...
    10-28-2011, 10:51 PM
Originally Posted by HarleyWood    
i had a saddle pad that had the foam/gel in it to help, I never put a saddle on with out a pad.
It's best to evaluate saddle fit initially without a pad. Don't work them like that, but just put it on and tighten the girth just to contact, then evaluate the angle the saddle sits at, space above the withers, "channel", etc.

Then put a blanket or THIN pad on under and lunge or do ground work enough to get them sweaty under the saddle and look for dry spots that indicate pressure points.

(Only mentioning that as a reason why the question was probably asked).
    10-29-2011, 10:16 AM
Do google Paul Williams - Endospink. When he uses a bellyband on a horse it displays the same behaviour and slowly starts going down. He uses this to get horses over fear issues. Next time you cinch up, pull each front leg forward and see if that helps. If it doesn't you may be facing using a saddle with a different cinch placement.

saddle, testing., trail

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