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post #1 of 18 Old 03-24-2010, 07:40 AM Thread Starter
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Urgh what am I doing wrong?

Okay so ever since I've been riding Hero - he's always had this dinky trot. I ride him freely with light contact and push him and its still dinky lol.
To get him to tract up I really have to push him forward and I feel like its a speeding unbalanced trot - I'm sure this is not right??

Well we moved and I have access to a round pen so I was playing around with him in it and boy can he frigging move! I was going to get my cell phone to get video but I didnt want to leave him unattended. Gosh he just float - tip toes almost touched I asked him to move forward and he had a nice extended reach.

So what can I do to help him do this while I'm riding?

Should I have him free lunge a couple times a week to get his muscles moving (he is just coming back to work). And let him get this trot down before I start riding?
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post #2 of 18 Old 03-24-2010, 06:12 PM
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How's his topline? It sounds to me like carrying a rider is inhibiting him, meaning his back is not strong enough to hold you properly.
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If he can do it w/o a rider, but not with a rider, then the issue is tack, physical ailment that is aggravated by rider's weight, or the rider's balance and position.

There's your list...start investigating.
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post #4 of 18 Old 03-24-2010, 07:19 PM
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Here's some possibilities:
Girth, noseband, or any other significant adjustable strap is too tight
Ill-fitting tack
Horse has weak back muscles
Ulcers, sore hooves or other physical issues
Rider has an incorrect position
Horses can often travel fast in a hollow or forehand heavy frame with no rider, but when the rider's weight is there they are unbalanced.

Videos would help, one of the horse being lunged and the other with the rider. The fact that you said he is coming back to work makes me suspect weak muscles, so proper lunging combined with a bit of free lunging once he is moving correctly would benefit him.

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My initial thought was saddle placement. Here is a very informative video discussing saddle placement (assuming the saddle fits properly).

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I have seen that video. I love when she mentioned that 11th cranial nerve (or which ever one it was) that runs along the withers. Nobody has ever mentioned that to me when I was trying to find a saddle to fit my horses. Great video!

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I have seen that video. I love when she mentioned that 11th cranial nerve (or which ever one it was) that runs along the withers. Nobody has ever mentioned that to me when I was trying to find a saddle to fit my horses. Great video!
You know my farrier the other day was just messing around with Ice, and he pinned his ears when he was running his hands over his withers at that exact spot....I originally thought he was just being sour because I haven't ridden him in like 5 months, so I knew for a fact it wasn't saddle fitting issues. Now I don't have to be paranoid that he's got back problems, lol.

Definitely an informational video.
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im thinking is lack of topline since he has NONE he just got his weight all up to speed and is lacking all sorts of muscles.

I wanna say the saddle fits him pretty good - I'ved use it for a year and he's never had any sores- again its all I got right now too.
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im thinking is lack of topline since he has NONE he just got his weight all up to speed and is lacking all sorts of muscles.

I wanna say the saddle fits him pretty good - I'ved use it for a year and he's never had any sores- again its all I got right now too.
Pictures would help, and like Mercedes said, video of your riding would really help us diagnose.
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Well here is some photos from our move this weekend and our first ride in a couple of weeks - we both are out of shape



Actually is close here but not that close lol


And here is from tonight me just fooling around with him - you can see he has a better trot. (sorry from a cell phone)

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