All comments good and bad are welcome and the reason for the saddle is so she learns that just because she sees one or has one on her dosent mean she is going to be beaten and to get her used to one once she is healthy enough to ride where i'm at other people ride a lot and she has to see them anyway I figure keep her used to one coming on and off and learning it's not going to hurt her is better than he being scared of a horse passing her with a saddle on and her thinking that she might be grabbed up and beaten she runns every time someone saddles a horse up around her and i'm about to move them to a public boarding facility so will be a LOT more of it there
If Twitch has dropped, its time for you to separate these two. Even though they are malnourished, he can, and will...still breed her. And she can, and will, still conceive.
Separate theme before its too late and a pregnancy hinders any process being made.
And stay off of Rogue until she has built up some muscle. Therapy or not, its going to hurt her right now. And oon top of that, you saddle and saddle pad don't fit her. ='s Pain. Posted via Mobile Device
We haven't been riding rogue we only saddled her once and sat one her for about 5 minutes to see what she would do and twitch just droped I already have plans on moveing them to another location where they will be seperated just have to get the arangements in the new place set up it dosen't even have grass yet as we just planted it and were waiting on it to root when I saw he had dropped day before yesterday also the saddle and pad are for my quarter horse mare who is a lot healthyer and will probably fit rogue once she is healthy it's only a 12in saddle mainly for kids that i've had for 10+ years but as I said was just to see how she would react to it she tends to freak out when anyone else brings a saddle out I don't want her to hurt herself or anyone else cause she is scared of them I want her to learn that a saddle dosen't mean she is going to be beaten on ground or on back no horse should fear it's rider
They are looking so much better, great job, and yes slow and steady is the way to put weight on without causing more health issues.
As to the saddle thing, I just don't understand why she needs to wear a saddle to get to know it doesn't hurt, because the likelihood is that it will hurt her because of her shape, and condition.
If you want to desensitize her to saddles, you can have her around them, do all sorts of things without actually putting a saddle that doesn't fit on a back that is still healing.
Slow and steady is the answer to rebuilding her weight, her mental condition and her physical injuries. Rushing now will cause you more problems later on, I'd give her the winter to chill and get fat and sassy, work on building your relationship and developing her ground work, then in spring she will be good to go.
Just read through all of this, adding my good wishes to you as you continue to help them improve.
I just can't believe the people who had her before you couldn't see how much pain they were causing her with her back looking as it did. Mindboggling to me.
Glad to hear you're going to hold off on more saddling for now. I would agree that even gently placing the saddle on her back right now is likely uncomfortable or downright painful for her given the state she's in. Although I do also agree she's already looking better and moving in the right direction!
Today was a wet day the horses enjoyed the rain I didnt get pocs cause it was dark when I fed today but twitch was a muddy boy I brushed him down good but I have the feeling I will have to do it again tomorrow he likes playing in the mud and rogue was hiding in the stall staying dry I got nickers and a lot of excitement when we got there today we were only 4 hours late but they acted like its been a month! I want to save up for some horse toys like a big beach ball and a jolly ball or two and some other things for them to play with while were there
I really appreciate what you have done for these two horses and I know your heart is in the right place.
However, I think you are pushing things way too fast. That horse has no muscle along the spine and nothing padding it from the very weight of a saddle, much less a rider, too. There will be pressure points all along the spine which will be very uncomfortable for the horse. I know you don't mean to hurt her, but it will. Direct pressure on those bony surfaces will hurt.
Wait a while longer. Do good ground work in the form of lunging and ground driving. These will help build muscle while you wait for those bones to sink below good healthy flesh.
Ah, I read further and see that you will be holding off on further saddling/riding. Good form!
We got pictures today I will post later they were being happy horses today I got greeted by nickers and kisses even rogue was loving on us they got a good brushing and look all shiny maby they will get a bath next week or week after to get all cleaned up will probably be there last bath till after winter