Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Taranaki New Zealand.
Hi guys, just another thought (or potential problem). When I first started riding my young mare she was a very forward moving, confident horse and I loved her abilities on hills. She was just four at this stage. Six months after breaking her in and being so happy with her I suddenly had this lazy, bum footed horse. She really stumbled and bumbled and seemed just Lazy!
And then a small patch of white hair appeared on her wither. My saddle was to small for her. It fitted her unridden body but as soon as she began to develop more muscle it no longer fit. I have bought a new saddle, nice and roomy and the difference is amazing. Suddenly I have my wonderful forward moving girl, with her awesome big, free stride, back. I wonder if you may need to double check your saddle, horses are still growing and changing physically up until they are atleast eight. A saddle that fits a five/six year old may not fit a nine/ten year old. Especially if your requirements of your horse get more demanding as it matures, say starting eventing or something. This is just a thought.