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        10-17-2013, 04:59 PM
      #11
    Showing
    All this thread is missing is pictures!
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        10-17-2013, 05:59 PM
      #12
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
    All this thread is missing is pictures!
    I agree!!
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        10-17-2013, 06:11 PM
      #13
    Showing
    Now is a good time to get him to lift his back. Run the hard edge of your brush along his midline (underneath) and when you reach a certain spot you will see him lift. It's not a lot but you should see it. You may not get it as first but don't be discouraged. He may react a little the first time as it's a strange feeling. Once he's good with this, often just the fingers can get the lift. Give him loose salt as well, table salt or pickling salt is fine, or sea salt or kosher. If you provide just the mineral lick which is 95% salt, he is forced to ingest minerals he may not need when he's after the salt. The licks are really for cattle.
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        10-17-2013, 06:18 PM
      #14
    Weanling
    Mmk. And I have tried to get him to lift his back, but he won't. How much pressure should I apply?
         
        10-17-2013, 06:33 PM
      #15
    Yearling
    COL....
    If the horse is doing well on it...looks good, nice shiny coat, bright eyes, good disposition...he looks and acts like a happy horse...leave him alone.
    Being you are very observant, the first time you see him and his body condition or attitude change look to see if he is having difficulty digesting his feed.
    Then and only then would I mess around and make changes...

    There is an old saying, "If it ain't broke don't fix it"....to me, applies here.

    Enjoy your time spent with your new buddy.

    As for...
    Riding bareback...as long as you don't ride him for hours at a time, day after day and pound on his back with your butt you should be good.
    The reason behind people saying "no" to the bb riding is your weight is concentrated on the horses back where your butt (seat bones) actually make contact with his actual back & spine... a saddle because of the tree distributes the weight and pressure over a larger area... hence why some with treeless saddles have made comments and why someone like me who is a heavier rider would not ride a treeless saddle but would do an occasional short bb ride. I also love to ride bb, but the getting on now is not easy with bad knees, just don't "spring" like I use to...sigh...
         
        10-17-2013, 07:29 PM
      #16
    Weanling
    Lol, I only weigh 114 and I'm 5'5 so I'm not a very heavy rider. I always get in with a mounting block, because I have never tried ground mounting bareback. Is it hard?
         
        10-17-2013, 07:39 PM
      #17
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Chickenoverlord    
    Lol, I only weigh 114 and I'm 5'5 so I'm not a very heavy rider. I always get in with a mounting block, because I have never tried ground mounting bareback. Is it hard?
    For me it is with my lousy knees...my "spring" has sprung and not working so good.
    It would help if I went to a smaller horse...mine is currently 16.2., a little way up to scramble so I don't scramble on this one ever!
    I do get on from a mounting block...however if I get off while riding bareback, I am walking home leading the horse. I won't pull on his back muscles like that to clamber aboard, just not a good thing for any horse to have to endure saddled or bareback imo.
    With a saddle and stirrup I can pop right up and on, but no saddle and I do struggle.

         
        10-17-2013, 07:40 PM
      #18
    Started
    A quick read over didn't make it seem like you're doing anything wrong! However, there are so many factors that go into good horse care that no one can list them all or pick them out in this thread. What I would recommend is surrounding yourself with a wide variety of good horse people, share your habits with them, and watch/listen to what they do and say. In my opinion this is really the only way for you to notice flaws in your horse handling. You may describe a nice, well-mannered horse when someone around you can point out serious holes in his training or handling. Not saying that's the case, but you really need to watch interactions to know how to manage them. This is especially easy if you're boarding, but a bit more difficult if you keep your horse at home. Also, read everything that you can! Get all of the horse books that you can find, review all of them, and keep them around for reference. Read on the internet- but keep in mind that not all advice is good, and that even good horse people will disagree over certain matters.

    It definitely sounds like you're doing well and looking to do better, so keep it up!
         
        10-17-2013, 07:42 PM
      #19
    Trained
    Stick with the mounting block-it is better for you horses back, and easier for you. Re: the exercise Saddlebag refers to-you need something with a relatively sharp end.....not too soft, and it takes not only a bit of practice to find the right spot, but a fair bit of pressure. It really does help.

    As far as feed-I am not a horse nutrition expert, but we use Nutrena Safechoice at our barn and all of the horses always look great. About 1/2 are on the Senior feed and half not. Helps that they have coupons somewhat regularly too, so it is not too bad price wise, IMO.

    Only things I might add would be teeth once a year, possibly a chiro (which I do annually, more if needed), and I would recommend fecals and not just "routine worming". They no longer recommend that in most areas.

    Other than that-enjoy him!
         
        10-17-2013, 07:44 PM
      #20
    Weanling
    Ok, thanks! He is a 1/2 mile down the road from my house, for this exact reason. He has some SERIOUS holes in his training, and I wanted to be near experienced people. And @horseluvinguy: he is 14 hands even, so I shouldn't have too much problem. I can ground mount easily with a saddle, I'm just worried that ground mounting bareback would be painful and make him buck. Because he can buck. Very well. O.o
         

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