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        12-06-2009, 01:08 PM
      #1
    Yearling
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    Guys I rode her this morning and she did great. Here is my question every time that I ask her to go from a walk to a trot she pins her ears. I am not sure if it is the way that I am asking or not! When I ask her to trot I put pressure right behind the girth until she goes into the trot then I release all pressure. I do not use spurs. She is on the lazy side of things. She does not buck just pins her ears but not all the way back to her head. As soon as she starts to trot she relaxes her ears so I am not sure what is going on. I thought that I would ask you all. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
         
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        12-06-2009, 01:21 PM
      #2
    Banned
    Have you checked your saddle fit/saddle position? One time my gelding did this to me, and it ended up that my saddle was too far back...I found out after I ignored his weirdness and he gave me a nice buck.
         
        12-06-2009, 01:42 PM
      #3
    Yearling
    Here is a pic to see if it is placed in the right spot or not! Here are 2 pic. One of me on her. The other one is just her tacked up.
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        12-06-2009, 04:12 PM
      #4
    Banned
    I see the problem! There is NO space between the pommel and her withers....It's probably very uncomfortable for her to trot. Since she's a paint, you probably wouldn't notice if there were white hairs growing, lol. Try getting a riser pad (I had the same problem with my saddle, and I got this):

    Big Dee's Tack & Vet Supplies | ENGLISH SADDLE PADS | RISER PAD WITH FLARED FRONT

    And just face it backwards so the chunky end sits on top of her withers. It puts a good 1-1 1/2 inches between the saddle and my boys withers (he's a TB so they're kind of bony, lol) and see if that helps.
         
        12-06-2009, 05:13 PM
      #5
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by justsambam08    
    I see the problem! There is NO space between the pommel and her withers....It's probably very uncomfortable for her to trot. Since she's a paint, you probably wouldn't notice if there were white hairs growing, lol. Try getting a riser pad (I had the same problem with my saddle, and I got this):

    Big Dee's Tack & Vet Supplies | ENGLISH SADDLE PADS | RISER PAD WITH FLARED FRONT

    And just face it backwards so the chunky end sits on top of her withers. It puts a good 1-1 1/2 inches between the saddle and my boys withers (he's a TB so they're kind of bony, lol) and see if that helps.

    You are so right or put two thick pads together and wa la I had that prob once before
         
        12-06-2009, 05:54 PM
      #6
    Yearling
    Do you think that I need to get another saddle? Also do they make one for the western saddle? I have never heard of the riser pad so if you do not mind explain to me what exactly it does and what it should do for my girl please!!!!
         
        12-06-2009, 06:18 PM
      #7
    Trained
    Do you have a curb strap on your bit? I really don't like those cheap aluminum bits. I don't hink it has anything to do with your problem it's just something I noticed. Your horse looks much nicer than the other two in the photo. Please don't ask those two people for horse advice. If you can afford to buy a higher quality saddle then do so. The one you have doesn't look that great but it's not a big deal. As far as saddle fit you can just add another pad. There are also western pads that have a build up in the front to lift your saddle. I am not one that looks to saddle fit for every behavior problem a horse has. Your saddle does fit a little close but don't be suprised if changing that doesn't fix the problem. If all she does is pin her ears I wouldn't worry about it.
         
        12-06-2009, 06:26 PM
      #8
    Yearling
    Thank you Kevinshorses. I do not have a curb strap on her bridle. The one time I did she fought it really bad so I took it off. She does stop when I ask her to. Thank you so much for saying that you like her. I use a sweet iron bit with copper inlay with her. Do you think just another regular saddle pad will help her? If I change my saddle what kind of saddle do you think I need for her?
         
        12-06-2009, 06:33 PM
      #9
    Yearling

    At first I thought there was no space either and so I enlarged the photo. The line furthest right is the space at the very beginning of the saddle. The line to the left is further back more under the saddle. It appears as though the spacing is okay, although you could have someone else around you look at it for a better opinion. I personally think it may be something else like, you not sitting evenly(even the slightest bit can throw a horse off), her being lazy or just not having the energy, or maybe even not proper cueing. When you ask a horse to trot you are supposed to 'drive' her forward with pretty dramatic seat movement and leg pressure... Good luck finding a solution!!!
         
        12-06-2009, 06:36 PM
      #10
    Yearling
    Thanks I will see. This might sound like a stupid question but how do I drive her forward with my seat?
         

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