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post #1 of 51 Old 08-16-2013, 10:32 PM Thread Starter
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I don't look too big for him, do I?

I was showing off pics of me riding my boy Gaylen, and someone said I looked too big for him and that he looked like he was in pain. What do you think?



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post #2 of 51 Old 08-16-2013, 11:49 PM
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It's hard to tell from those photos. He could just be having an appy moment!

How is his bone structure? Back long or short? I'd like to see more muscle and weight on him from what I can see... How long do you ride and what kind of riding? Fitness is key but he looks pretty sturdy and appys are a strong sort, he's handsome!!
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post #3 of 51 Old 08-16-2013, 11:56 PM Thread Starter
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It's hard to tell from those photos. He could just be having an appy moment!

How is his bone structure? Back long or short? I'd like to see more muscle and weight on him from what I can see... How long do you ride and what kind of riding? Fitness is key but he looks pretty sturdy and appys are a strong sort, he's handsome!!
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He is very short backed and stocky.

He was a little pissy in the pics because he wanted to go into the barn like everybody else but I made him wait so I could get some photos. It was my first time riding English.

I do Western pleasure twice a week 30-60 minutes, depending on how much time I have. And I have a 1 hour English lesson once a week (this is my first week, obviously lol).
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post #4 of 51 Old 08-17-2013, 12:06 AM
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I think you look fine. And even with the sour puss look on his face, he is really quite handsome! Btw, just because he isn't "smiling" it doesn't mean he's in pain, lol
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I think you look fine. And even with the sour puss look on his face, he is really quite handsome! Btw, just because he isn't "smiling" it doesn't mean he's in pain, lol
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LOL, I know why he wasn't smiling. He watched all the horses ride into the barn and I made him stop and wait for my husband to finish fumbling with the camera. He was super annoyed with me and kept trying to walk into the barn. When I was stern he started tail swishing, and had this annoyed look on his face. Up until then his ears were forward and no tail swishing.
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post #6 of 51 Old 08-17-2013, 12:13 AM Thread Starter
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It's hard to tell from those photos. He could just be having an appy moment!

How is his bone structure? Back long or short? I'd like to see more muscle and weight on him from what I can see... How long do you ride and what kind of riding? Fitness is key but he looks pretty sturdy and appys are a strong sort, he's handsome!!
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IDK if these pics help. I will take more on Sunday when I am riding Western.



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post #7 of 51 Old 08-17-2013, 02:50 AM
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A side on picture or a video would help. He does look a little pissed, but that could be anything, it's not necessarily because of you! :)
My biggest concern would be the saddle. A short backed horse often carries weight better than a horse with a long back, but then there's the saddle problem; you can only fit a short saddle on it's back and that probably wont fit a very plus sized rider's bum. If your bum goes over the cantle, you're off balance and putting bad bad pressure on his back in the wrong places.
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I would be more concerned with saddle fit then your weight. In your 1st set of photo's the angle of the tree is too wide and the top of the tree looks to be putting pressure on his withers. That would be painful and the weight would not be evenly distributed.
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post #9 of 51 Old 08-17-2013, 04:54 PM Thread Starter
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I would be more concerned with saddle fit then your weight. In your 1st set of photo's the angle of the tree is too wide and the top of the tree looks to be putting pressure on his withers. That would be painful and the weight would not be evenly distributed.
My trainer picked this saddle for us, but I will definitely bring it up to her tomorrow when I go out. Maybe it's why he was fighting me yesterday. The day before I rode Western and he was as good as gold.
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I'm not being rude but I think half of the problem in those photos are your breasts! You don't look too big but you're rather top heavy (you lucky cow lol)
I don't like the saddle. Do you feel squashed in? Does it fit him well?
He is one cool looking nag. Get some more photos :)

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