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        11-27-2012, 07:06 PM
      #11
    Foal
    Okay thanks! Im not sure what type of saddle it is, it is older and does not have a name on it. I think it is too small by the withers. Thank you very much for all of your help! I am looking for new saddles now :)
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        11-27-2012, 09:47 PM
      #12
    Showing
    Enfocore Can you post a side shot of your horse? Is there someone who will square him up while you take the pic? It helps if his head is in his natural position, no high headed or droopy low, or worse yet with his nose on the ground. Can you put your western saddle on him, cinch him up and take the same shot? Also stand by his neck and take one showing the angle of the front of the saddle?
         
        11-27-2012, 10:02 PM
      #13
    Started
    Here's a good link to tell if a saddle fits http://www.horseforum.com/horse-tack...lly-fit-58116/

    Can he be ridden bareback? Does he do it bareback? Does he do it when you lunge? Doe he do it any time other than when you're on him with a saddle?

    Yes he needs his teeth done at least once a year, but young horses more often.
         
        11-29-2012, 02:27 PM
      #14
    Foal
    [QUOTE=Saddlebag;1775213]Enfocore Can you post a side shot of your horse? Is there someone who will square him up while you take the pic? It helps if his head is in his natural position, no high headed or droopy low, or worse yet with his nose on the ground. Can you put your western saddle on him, cinch him up and take the same shot? Also stand by his neck and take one showing the angle of the front of the saddle?[/QUOTE

    we are pretty sure he has brusied his left front hoof as the ground is frozen, so he is on stall rest for a while. As soon as he is better I will take pictures.
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        11-29-2012, 02:36 PM
      #15
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by PunksTank    
    Here's a good link to tell if a saddle fits http://www.horseforum.com/horse-tack...lly-fit-58116/

    Can he be ridden bareback? Does he do it bareback? Does he do it when you lunge? Doe he do it any time other than when you're on him with a saddle?

    Yes he needs his teeth done at least once a year, but young horses more often.
    he can be ridden bareback, but he is still gaining weight from a weight loss he had and he is still very green so I only do bareback at a walk. He lunges pretty well although if does not want to do something he will give a little buck. He also takes off going to the left when I ask for a trot. But he hasnt done that recently and has been pretty good at lunging the last few times. Were he is on stall rest now I will have to wait to ride, but I will ride bareback as soon as we can. He can also be stubbron while being led, but not as bad.
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        11-29-2012, 03:09 PM
      #16
    Foal
    My horse used to do this all the time right after I got her. Turns out she had really tender feet and wasnt used to that hard a ground. I got front shoes on her and she did much better!
         
        11-29-2012, 05:32 PM
      #17
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by EllyMaysLady    
    My horse used to do this all the time right after I got her. Turns out she had really tender feet and wasnt used to that hard a ground. I got front shoes on her and she did much better!
    he did have front shoes and pads because he has really tender feet as well, but he ALWAYS found a way to get them off. He did well on trails with them on as the trails have some gravel but he was still like this it the ring. We are putting shoes back on the soon.
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        11-29-2012, 06:30 PM
      #18
    Foal
    Also have you ever looked into cavallo or mac boots? She used those for a while too. After we had toughened up her feet some I just put them on her whenever I knew the ground where we would be riding would be harder. Cheaper than shoes too!
         
        11-29-2012, 09:22 PM
      #19
    Yearling
    Crest Ridge Saddles has lots of information on checking saddle fit for a western saddle and how to make a back map.

    Checking Saddle Fit

    How does your horse do bareback?

    Have you ever tried warming the horse up and stretching him/her out a little before you ride? I have a horse that has a cold back and I can tell if she is tight, especially if her tail is crooked. If I warm her up and stretch her, she does much better. She is only 14 and has beautiful conformation but her back troubles her. If her back is hurting, she is cinchy and grouchy. If I stretch her and warm her, she is a princess!

    If it is not an issue of pain, you may have a horse who is barn/buddy/work sour. I have a sweet Appy gelding that tried balking a few times with me. I worked hard to start my cues as light as possible and got more firm as needed, with the "squeeze, cluck, spank," but he still wouldn't go. When I spanked him on his butt, he would buck, and it seemed to make him more sour. So I switched to spanking him behind my calf as I had read somewhere. Still wouldn't move, although he didn't buck.

    I did not feel good just spanking and spanking, so I got down off his back and lunged him, changing directions frequently and working until he was more responsive. He was a stinker at first, staring stubbornly at me and kicking out in the air. But he had no choice but to move on the ground, and I was safely out of his reach.

    I lunged him for a minute or two until he was moving quickly off my directions, and licking and chewing. Then I got back on him and cued him forward. The first couple times we went through this, I had to get off and lunge him 3 times during my ride. Now, he is fine. He will try it on someone else if he thinks they will fall for his tricks.

    Horses can be complicated critters...
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        11-30-2012, 07:32 AM
      #20
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by EllyMaysLady    
    Also have you ever looked into cavallo or mac boots? She used those for a while too. After we had toughened up her feet some I just put them on her whenever I knew the ground where we would be riding would be harder. Cheaper than shoes too!
    what type did you use?
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