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    07-02-2012, 02:11 AM
It's not what was written, it's how it was written. I could have taken things differently than you or anyone meant me too, but still. I feel like a lot of you were too harsh on me. I can take advice from others, which I have, but I don't to if I feel it's written in a mean way. I wasn't thinking anyone would be joking since it's not something to really be able to make jokes out of. I was looking for some advice. It's not like I'm trying with my horse. I care about her and want the best for her. If I was hurting her and she needed professional training, I'd give her up if I knew there was nothing else I could do. I always want the best for her. She's an amazing horse and it wouldn't be hard to find someone else better for her. I've put a lot of work into her by myself. When I got her, she was only halter trained. When we fed her her first meal, she didn't even know how to eat grain. That showed me that I had to do everything with her. I taught her all the groundwork she know like leading extremely well, picking up her feet, etc. I haven't stop trying my best with this horse. I;ll even try to have someone take a video of me riding her so you can see for yourself how she is when I tack her and if she's in pain or not. If someone see's what I haven't, then I won't hesitate to get help for her.
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    07-02-2012, 03:17 AM
OK I'll try to help. Your horse is a little skeptical of the saddle. Well, it looks strange and scary and is possibly made of leather, which probably seems extra confusing to her. Doesn't matter what the issue is that needs attention, COMMON SENSE is your best asset. If she's reluctant to take a saddle, expose her to it more. If she doesn't like potato chip bags, sack her out with them. If she pulls on your hands when you ride, soften her up. If she resents pressure, apply pressure until she yields.

The trend is to have a structured step-by-step training ritual, but you don't need that. Just walk out and catch your horse and whatever doesn't feel right, fix it. Whether it's haltering, standing still to mount, bad ground manners, herd-souredness, whatever. Just use common sense and fix it.

If this was my horse, I'd first feel around the back and see if they're sore. If not, I'd tie it up or put the lead rope in my belt and desensitize it to the saddle. No gimmicks or voodoo. Just confront the problem. Doesn't matter why she's scared of it. Get her over it. But that's me, you may want a more indirect or slower approach
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    07-02-2012, 03:38 AM
Originally Posted by xVannaIsLifex    
It's not what was written, it's how it was written.
Yes & IMO it was how you wrote/responded too. Let's move on?

to have someone take a video of me riding her so you can see for yourself how she is when I tack her and if she's in pain or not. If someone see's what I haven't, then I won't hesitate to get help for her.
Good idea & might get you some appropriate observations, but remember there's a reason that bodyworkers don't do video diagnoses - it will only show the bigger things as a rule.
    07-03-2012, 09:19 AM
Ive seen a video of you riding and they is no problem for you when you ride with out a saddle, it might just be that she likes to be riden saddleless as most horses find that more enjoyable in that case all you ca do is get her more use to being ridden with one and in time she'll be fine :3
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    07-03-2012, 10:05 AM
It's not what was written, it's how it was written
When things are written, you lose tone of voice, jestures and facial expression. Thus things that are read are more easily misunderstood, or subject to the readers moods. I think you need to step back and take it as it was intended, advice and/or constructive critisism from experienced horse people trying to help you out.

Get someone out to take a look at your horse(vet, etc) and have them confirm she is not uncomfortable and your tack fits. Then proceed with desensitizing her to the saddle and making work fun for her.
    07-03-2012, 12:58 PM
Hi Carmol. :3 I'm riding her today and will keep working with her. I make work fun for her by not doing what she hates (the trail and jumping up to a foot, but she jumps 2'6 when I free lunge her.) Then, after I ride, I always give her a treat for being good.
    07-03-2012, 01:39 PM
IMO, I wouldn't be jumping her at this point. If there are underlying back issues, that most definitely will not help.

You can't go back and re-start her, what's done is done. So all there is to do now is look at what you can do in the long-run that will be most beneficial for her. Have a chiropractor come out and check her back. If you paid for part of her yourself, I'm sure you're able to save up to at least have a vet or chiro check her out.

Maybe for the time being just bring her in, saddle her, and hand graze her? If you insist on riding, keep it short and sweet. You could also try a softer bit (one with a rubber mouthpiece, or a happy mouth) so it's less likely to cause any extra discomfort to her teeth or mouth.
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    07-03-2012, 01:47 PM
Also, I just took a peek at your photos. Vanna's bit looks too big, maybe try fitting her with a smaller size? I'd go about half an inch smaller.
    07-03-2012, 01:49 PM
I've only made her jump while on her once and she hated it, so I won't force her through it. I don't always make her jump while lounging her. I actually haven't lounged her in a while. I don't want to ride her for too long anyways because it's pretty hot where I am. I'll feel her back later and see if she reacts to anything. I'll try to get a chiropractor out soon and I'll look into getting mouthpieces.
    07-03-2012, 01:50 PM
I'll try to find a smaller bit too.

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