01-31-2013, 01:06 AM
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Palomine, If you had read my posts you would have read that I have taken him to the vet recently (did a full work up including many x-ray studies). The vet advise me to keep him working as I have been, he is in great shape and should be able to handle the riding as I have been and that is what has kept him in great shape. Yes I'm 5'10 and bigger than your average girl but the vet told me not to worry about my size/weight on him and that he should be able to handle it just fine (I did ask, and we did take spine x-rays because I wanted to make sure he was ok).
I guess I'm exaggerating a bit when I say "taking off", I don't mean he is running wild and crazed, I mean he is taking to long to respond to my cues at the canter (maybe an extra 20 feet before he listens when before he use to be instant) I can handle my horse just fine and if an emergency arises I could get him to stop If I absolutely needed him to (the only time I had a very hard time & it took a long time to stop him was when I was riding him in a halter and even then I was still able to make him stop before anything bad could happen) - it's the fact that he's not responding like he use to and I want to enjoy riding him not fighting with him that is my problem and I shouldn't have argue with him to stop. I'm not scared of him or feel he is a danger to me or others, in fact even if he kept doing this he would still be 10x better than most horses I have ridden or had to ride with.
Age has nothing to do with physical ability its the body and shape it is in, he is in better shape than some younger horses I've ridden. If the vet had told me he was unable to do the activity or unable to handle my size then I wouldnt ride him, but he encouraged me to continue and keep him active.