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    08-10-2010, 11:16 AM
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First Saddling (Jaxxon)

I figured Jaxxon has gained enough weight that I can start working with him a bit more getting him used to stuff like a saddle, bridle, and a little weight on his back. Im not rushing him or anything, since hes still very young (well, the vet says hes three or three and a half... I and my farrier both agree that hes closer to two or two and a half...). Hes so small-ish and immature-ish looking that Im just saying hes two and a half and thats it, lol.

Anyway, I got him out the other day and decided to see how hed react to a saddle and bridle. He took the bit so easily, and, like all babies, he mouthed at it for quite a while. I waited until he quit mouthing the bit to put the saddleblanket and saddle on him.He was just fine for both the saddle and blanket on his back. He moved around a little when I tightened it, but not too much. Afterwards, I let him stand still and get used to it, then let him go and walk around with it on for a little while. He was fine.

I put him in the Lot to let him run around a bit and get used to the stirrups flapping and all. He walked, trotted, and cantered around and really seemed to be enjoying himself... He only crowhopped three times the first time he went from a trot to a canter and the stirrups hit his sides... after that, he was fine and was running around with no problems.

I let him run around for about fifteen to twenty minutes before catching him and taking him back up to the barn. There, I decided to see how hed do with my weight in the stirrups, so I stood on one side and leaned over him... he was nervous at first, but calmed down very quickly, so I decided to try and sit in the saddle. He moved around a little, but calmed down when I started petting and talking to him.

I was only in the saddle on his back for about three minutes, tops... Im not rushing his training. Im in no hurry to train him, but he is old enough to start getting used to a saddle, bridle, and a little weight on his back for a few minutes at a time. Hes still too immature looking and acting to do much with saddle-breaking-wise, and its too hot to do much right now anyway.

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Me and Him (either he makes me look like a giant or I make him look like a shorty, lol... hes about 14.3 hands, Im about 58 and am all leg... I did a string-test thing, and it said that his mature height should be about 15 or 15.1 hands, so hopefully hell grow...)Oh, and hes so sweaty because the other horses started running around in the pasture and he got excited and started running around even more...

     
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    08-11-2010, 01:09 AM
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Trained
Is he tied with you on him???? NOT SMART if that's that case! You would have NO control of him if he wigged out, and you and him could have both been seriously injured should he have rejected you being on him.

The saddle seems a bit too far forward too, atleast for my liking...it could hinder his movement being too far forward...but it's not too bad, just needs to be slid back about an inch or two, enough to loosen up his wither so he can move right.

Other than those two things, he is looking really good.
     
    08-11-2010, 01:08 PM
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Yes, he was tied... however, I tie all my horses with a loose, quick-release tie so that if they do freak out, and pull back, theycan get loose without any problem. I've had too many broken leads ad bridles from my mare pulling back.
     
    08-11-2010, 05:54 PM
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Trained
You would have no time to react and untie him had he gone up, backwards or otherwise started panicking with you on him. I know of a family who lost a daughter because she was sitting on her horse tied...this wasn't a untrained colt either, but an experienced show and trail horse, but something spooked him, he flipped out and when down on top of her. Don't take chances like that, because it doesn't matter how calm the horse is, you or him could get hurt.
     
    08-11-2010, 09:31 PM
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I won't do it again. I get what you're saying...

Sometimes I tend to act without thinking, but I'm sure most of you guys have probably noticed that, lol...
     
    08-11-2010, 09:40 PM
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Trained
I hear ya. Been there done that, and had a trainer who wasn't afraid to bop me in the head for doing stupid stuff during lessons, or what not...hahaha. She was a amazing though, and I miss her...learnt a ton from that lady!
     
    08-11-2010, 09:53 PM
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Yearling
Total agreement with the don't-get-on-while-tied thing.
Other then that, he looks pretty calm and he's a cute little bugger! Good job with him :)
     
    08-11-2010, 10:10 PM
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Green Broke
Haha, doesn't that method rock? I attribute it to why Zierra broke out so easy. My grandpa had 80 acres, and 10 of those were fenced into one pasture with the remaining 65 or so (minus 5 for yard and barn site) fenced as another pasture. From the time Zierra was a long yearling right until she was 3 years old, I'd always throw this old featherweight kid's English saddle on her and then just turn her loose in the big pasture when I rode her dam - so she just got completely used to the tack as second nature!

I can see where people are coming from with the tied thing, but honestly, I don't see it being anymore dangerous then getting on a young horse the first time period - you could JUST as easily get killed if he pitches a fit and has an all out temper tantrum loose instead. I really think it boils down to a judgement call - if he's tied SECURELY, he's probably in less danger of hurting YOU if he blows, assuming you're an intelligent individual (like I know you are) and obviously tested your weight in a stirrup and partial laying across his back to work slowly to actual mounting.

I can see why a reasonable individual would think of and come to the conclusion that tying him was ok - it's all about pros and cons, and we're ALL taking enormous risks working with ANY youngster.
     
    08-11-2010, 10:20 PM
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Weanling
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Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj    

I can see where people are coming from with the tied thing, but honestly, I don't see it being anymore dangerous then getting on a young horse the first time period - you could JUST as easily get killed if he pitches a fit and has an all out temper tantrum loose instead. I really think it boils down to a judgement call - if he's tied SECURELY, he's probably in less danger of hurting YOU if he blows, assuming you're an intelligent individual (like I know you are) and obviously tested your weight in a stirrup and partial laying across his back to work slowly to actual mounting.
I really do strongly object to this paragraph, MacabreMikolaj. It is never, ever safe to get on a horse that's tied fast, especially for the first time. It is much, much more dangerous; if you're on a horse for the first time in a ring, you are able to pull the head around or disengage the hindquarters. If you fall when riding around a ring, you're likely to fall in soft footing, and the horse is likely to run away from you. If the horse is tied fast and they spook, they're thrashing hard and there's no way to get their feet moving to get the horse's hind end disengaged, or to bring their nose around; you're along for the ride until they give in, if they give in. God Bless you if you fall and the horse tramples you in a panic.
     
    08-11-2010, 10:39 PM
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Trained
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Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj    

I can see where people are coming from with the tied thing, but honestly, I don't see it being anymore dangerous then getting on a young horse the first time period - you could JUST as easily get killed if he pitches a fit and has an all out temper tantrum loose instead. I really think it boils down to a judgement call - if he's tied SECURELY, he's probably in less danger of hurting YOU if he blows, assuming you're an intelligent individual (like I know you are) and obviously tested your weight in a stirrup and partial laying across his back to work slowly to actual mounting.
Wow, such "great advice"...That disappoints me Macebre, honestly... I have come to expect more from you, but this seems more of a "stab" at those of us who pointed out the safety issue; like you just wanted to be devil's advocate.

Yes, you can get killed by simply walking into the pasture with your horse, but tying him fast, and risking him becoming clausterphobic while you putz around in and around the saddle, jumping up and down beside him, and all that 'pre board' stuff...with the horse having NO WHERE to go??? That is asking for trouble, and I don't care how one wants to sugar coat it...
     

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