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post #1 of 6 Old 11-16-2010, 09:23 AM Thread Starter
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Progress and a question

I wanted to let some of you know how Jacoby is doing. (For those who don't know he is a 2yo RMH that I am training as my first horse!)

Yesterday I rode him around the field and got him into a PACE and a trot! he is really eager to please and even though he is still just a babe and acts like a dog most of the time he is really coming along nicely.

I can clean all the feet, he yields to all quarters, gives to pressure really well and walks, whoas, backs and paces on the lead line! A big difference between now and June when I started him!

Although I was intimidated at first and had to learn an incredible amount of into in a short time it has been so worth it. We have learned a LOT from each other and I am so glad that I did it.

My question is about the saddle. I think it might be too long. It is a gaited saddle but when I was on him, he had a hard time staying in the pace. Granted it wasn't a long time and it was his first time moving that fast with me on his back, but should I keep trying, or just ride bareback until I find a better saddle? He wasn't complaining about it, no pain or reaction, just not much pace...
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I wanted to let some of you know how Jacoby is doing. (For those who don't know he is a 2yo RMH that I am training as my first horse!)

Yesterday I rode him around the field and got him into a PACE and a trot! he is really eager to please and even though he is still just a babe and acts like a dog most of the time he is really coming along nicely.

I can clean all the feet, he yields to all quarters, gives to pressure really well and walks, whoas, backs and paces on the lead line! A big difference between now and June when I started him!

Although I was intimidated at first and had to learn an incredible amount of into in a short time it has been so worth it. We have learned a LOT from each other and I am so glad that I did it.

My question is about the saddle. I think it might be too long. It is a gaited saddle but when I was on him, he had a hard time staying in the pace. Granted it wasn't a long time and it was his first time moving that fast with me on his back, but should I keep trying, or just ride bareback until I find a better saddle? He wasn't complaining about it, no pain or reaction, just not much pace...
Pictures would help but I am guessing it's his age on why he is having trouble staying in gait. It takes a while to learn balance carrying a rider at such a young age
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post #3 of 6 Old 11-16-2010, 11:31 AM
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I doubt it's a saddle problem. It sounds like he is maybe a little young and you are pretty inexperienced and maybe aren't asking for the gait in the right way or insisting on it enough. Give him some time to mature before you start changing things up.

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post #4 of 6 Old 11-16-2010, 02:02 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys, I had a feeling I was worrying about this too soon. We are both new at this and I know that he wants to please me, but I have to know what to ask him too!

He NEVER trots on his own, so I figure even the fact that he was moving his legs like that had him wondering what was going on. I will get a pic of the the saddle on him as soon I can.
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Find his last rib and make sure the saddle is not sitting beyond it. If it is, it's too long.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #6 of 6 Old 11-18-2010, 12:27 PM Thread Starter
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I checked the saddle and it doesn't go too far back, but the way he is built it keeps going too far forward!

He did really well yesterday and I got more of a pace out of him, I think it is probably a strength and balance thing more than anything else. But now we really need to work on the "whoa" from the saddle! ;)
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