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    08-31-2013, 08:25 PM
That saddle just didn't fit. It was the best of out of the selection I had though. I didn't realize how off it really was until I looked at some of the pictures after we were done riding. That was one of the last, if not the last, time it was used on her. Sigh. She's filled out more now with muscle and just pudge so what withers she did have are now gone so I've been working on finding one for her muttonwithered self.

And I wouldn't even be MAD if she bucked and sent me flying! It would be so out of character for her that I'd just be shocked and start laughing.
This is her excuse for a buck:

She throws her head down and just kind of hops straight up. I had to ask somebody else what the hell she was doing the first time she did it because I didn't hardly move but could feel her doing something. If she does it (I can only think of twice that she did), she did it a couple of times, then gave up and just decided walking where I said was easier.
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    09-01-2013, 01:26 AM
LOL, she's definitely adorable! As far as the saddle goes, sometimes you gotta make do with what you got .
    09-01-2013, 08:52 PM
I rode her today with my saddle (not the one pictured), despite it not fitting nearly as well as I would like (pinches her non-existent withers). She was a snot about being lunged, but I didn't entirely blame her. The arena at the new barn has much deeper footing and is still heavy from being watered not long ago so she wasn't having a wonderful time trying to get her little legs through it.

There's an outdoor "arena" that I took her too. It's more a large area of tilled dirt, but no actual fence around it. Not a huge deal to me because I would be floored if Kaja took off on me and she'd get her little ass kicked for her. But that didn't stop her for being a snot anyway. She was rather concerned about what was going on by the barn and was just being stubborn all around.

I took her over there just to get her focused and listening because I wanted to go riding down the road a little bit to see if her confidence has improved. I never figured out what she was even throwing a fit over, but she cooled her jets enough that I took her away from the barn.

..at this point I feel like I will never understand horse though processes sometimes.

She went out FINE. Not a care in the **** world. The only time she looked back was when my roommate's mare was screaming her head off (which she does most of the day) and was immediately corrected and we went on our way. We went over a bridge, which she was unsure about for a second then realized it was nothing of concern. We trotted and loped without a single hint of wanting to go back. Transitioned up and down when and only when I said.

What the hell, Kaja.
    10-01-2013, 01:39 PM
Hi jordtraining. Sorry I haven't been here to watch your posts. My horse went to a trainer a couple of monthr ago. I was sad. Horse Forum wasn't helping. She will be home soon. I'm feeling a lot better.
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    10-01-2013, 02:51 PM
Oh, I should update this. So far nothing noteworthy has really happened. I did ask a girl I now board with that has a treeless saddle if I can borrow it. I did one day, and **** if that thing didn't feel like a couch. I want one now just to have if I go for a long trail ride. But the rigging was dropped more than the average saddle and Kaja's 24" cinch was way too big. I cinched it until the D rings were about touching and it was still loose. I risked it. I also did not lunge her fresh little self so when I asked her to lope, she crowhopped and the saddle landed on her neck and I just did a half bail before I did a cartoon-style slow motion fall.

Gave up. I want to try it again and the girl said I could, but I need an about 18-20" cinch, which will be a feat to find without ordering online.
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    10-01-2013, 03:11 PM
I think that is note worthy! A bit amusing too.
    10-26-2013, 11:08 PM
I've had Kaja for a year today! Holy cow. What a difference between the animal I bought and the animal I own now. I couldn't ask for a better little munchkin.

As for an update: She lost her mind the other day. I blamed the sudden temperature drop. I let her go in the arena to let her run her self silly for a minute. Mistake. She would not let me come near her again and it might as well have been last fall for how she was acting. But she wasn't just doing it to be a ****, she was legitimately terrified of something. I had scared her outside because I jumped over a puddle of mud and she didn't see me, so I don't know if she just kept that in her head. It took a while to catch her and when she did, I had to go through a bunch of desensitizing, which ended up with her flying backwards several times. She's a helluva lot stronger than she was last year, ha. Eventually she somewhat calmed down and she got a treat for being sensible, then suddenly seemed to remember who I was and was fine with me. Silly filly.

But today was much better. She listened to vocal cues perfectly when I lunged her for a minute. It's cold and I still don't have an actual saddle for her, so I hopped on her bareback to work on some new things (pivots and sidepassing!) since I have learned how to cue them better myself. She is picking up pivoting, but seems lost at sidepassing. We'll get there. D
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