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post #1 of 18 Old 03-21-2013, 06:33 PM Thread Starter
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First time being backed!!

Saddled him up again today with my friends saddle which fit better. We longed him for about 15 mins and got him used to the saddle. Then, I hoped on!
No bucks, he spun around a couple times, then it was over. I was led around the round pen for about 5 mins and sat on him for about 10 more. Then called it a day.


What a great day!! :)
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post #2 of 18 Old 03-21-2013, 06:43 PM
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What a good looking boy. Good job Apollo! What breed is he/how old?

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post #3 of 18 Old 03-21-2013, 06:45 PM Thread Starter
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What a good looking boy. Good job Apollo! What breed is he/how old?
Thanks! He was a good boy. Can't believe how easy that was. I love him. :)
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post #4 of 18 Old 03-21-2013, 06:50 PM
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He looks great and pretty relaxed too!

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He looks great and pretty relaxed too!
Yeah! After the initial shock of What are you doing up there!? He calmed down right away and got a carrot. After the carrot he didn't care about anything.. He LOVES his carrots. Haha
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post #6 of 18 Old 03-21-2013, 07:50 PM
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congrats! Only thing I'll say is continue to be very careful... I've found that it's quite common for colts to not buck for the first few rides.. then it seems like they finally realize what the hell is up and decide to try bucking on the 4th ride or something silly :)
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Good looking horse, glad you had such a good day!
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post #8 of 18 Old 03-21-2013, 08:11 PM
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Congrats! The first time is always exciting. :)

However, it does look like your friend's saddle doesn't fit. Looks like it is sitting directly on his withers, which is a good excuse for any horse, let alone a greenie, to dump you. ;) I wouldn't use that saddle again.

Not trying to be a downer here, but I doubt you want to intentionally hurt your horse and potentially sour him to having a saddle on. Good luck!
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post #9 of 18 Old 03-21-2013, 08:23 PM Thread Starter
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I had two fingers in between it, should it be more? I'm going to be taking him to a local tack store to get him sized next week. He is going to be a pain to get a saddle I bet! Is there a way to build up his muscling on his back before I buy a new one?
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Congrats! The first time is always exciting. :)

However, it does look like your friend's saddle doesn't fit. Looks like it is sitting directly on his withers, which is a good excuse for any horse, let alone a greenie, to dump you. ;) I wouldn't use that saddle again.

Not trying to be a downer here, but I doubt you want to intentionally hurt your horse and potentially sour him to having a saddle on. Good luck!
I appreciate it! He has higher withers and literally no muscle yet.. He is almost like a long tube shape. This saddle was too small for her Paint horse. Maybe I will try semi-qh bars, cause I think this was QH bars, cause it was smaller than the crates full qh bar I have..

Hopefully the take store has a perfect western saddle I can just buy and get this over with!
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