I threw a saddle on him today...
I decided to throw a saddle on Apollo today to see how he reacted. I didn't sinch it up cause I still have to buy a new girth and the straps that tie it.. I don't know what those are called.
Anyway, so I let him sniff it..
I rubbed in on him, and bam I put it on his back. First time he kind of freaked out and spun around and it slid off his back(no bucking).
Waited a minute, let him sniff again... Threw it on... and... He didn't care!!!!!
We walked around the farm for about an hour stood and talked to some boarders and the BO, for about 45 minutes.. Everyone was so impressed with his training so far. I wasn't even going to try the saddle today... Glad I did!!!
Hard to tell for sure, with fence right behind withers? But looks like this saddle is going to be too low in gullet to me?
Better picture needed, but something to look at I think.
And glad it worked out, but I never want a horse to learn they can get rid of saddle.
And latigo and off billet is what you are missing, as well as girth.
The other boarders thought it fit him well, but I have the same opinion as you. I can only fit one finger in there. I'm thinking about just taking it to my tack shop and asking them for one with a slightly smaller gullet to try on him. :)
I cant tell bc of the fence either, lol... matches his color too close, lol... But if I make an imaginary line I agree with the gullet sitting low.
Well done! Beautiful horse!
He's absolutely beautiful! And congrats with him being so good with the saddle, that's amazing!
I am glad he was good with the saddle. If he wasn't he could have been traumatised and as there is nothing to hold the saddle on had it fallen he might have trodden on in and busted the tree.
In many years experience it is very rare a handled horse will object to the saddle, it is usually when a girth is put on.
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