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post #121 of 129 Old 11-14-2014, 02:18 AM Thread Starter
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Viranh, it's actually her hind hock issue. It is still rather minor. Are hock issues very bad usually? Some friend told me that 'There is no such thing as a 100% healthy horse' as in almost all horses will have a problem with something or two in their lives. It got me thinking that at least I know Aghatas' problem early on and hopefully it will be her only one.

Thanks falling & Tinyliny, she does have that versatile look about her!

Sue, hmm you do have a point. Yes, I was planning to have her fitted or at least call someone over who can properly check the saddle and if it fits her nice. Though I'm the opposite from you - I'm very short so I usually have the problem that saddles are too big for me. But I'm hoping I'll find something that suits both of us, maybe an All Purpose saddle then.
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post #122 of 129 Old 11-14-2014, 08:30 AM
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I am short too and most dressage saddles have flaps so long I can't come close to putting my leg on the actual horse. Too bad you're so far away, I'm actually selling a short flap County dressage saddle, which I love, but is a bit too small for me in the seat. You could look into County though, they do make a short flap option. I now have a Trilogy Debbie MacDonald dressage saddle, also with a short flap. It's a pretty big difference- 15.5" flap on a typical "short flap" model compared to closer to 17" flap on a "regular flap" dressage saddle.
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post #123 of 129 Old 11-14-2014, 08:37 AM
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I've been following this thread from the beginning and just wanted to say congratulations on making a decision, she is gorgeous :)
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post #124 of 129 Old 11-14-2014, 10:30 AM
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You're right that no horse is perfect. If the issue is minor, which it sounds like it is, it really shouldn't cause you too much trouble for what you want to do. You will probably have to deal with arthritis eventually because even if that abnormality is not arthritis, it may cause her to develop it early. I wouldn't worry too much right now, although a joint supplement might not hurt.

Also, congratulations. She seems like a really nice horse.

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post #125 of 129 Old 11-14-2014, 10:52 AM
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I'm happy on your decision. It would have been REALLY hard for me, based on your pictures, to get past that Chrome gelding!!! His movement had me drooling.
BUT, your mare looks SOOO SWEET and a good disposition trumps any training, IMHO.
You MUST start a training thread with her. =D
Happy training!!!
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post #126 of 129 Old 11-14-2014, 11:09 AM
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Glad to hear you made a decision. Good luck with her, hope the settling in phase goes well
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post #127 of 129 Old 11-15-2014, 04:08 AM Thread Starter
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Everyone is so nice, thank you jaydee & Corporal & Viranh & Cali & egrogan!

egrogan, I'm actually unsure of my saddle size at the moment. I measured my seat and it said I should get a 17,5'' saddle o.o but I'm pretty sure that's too big for me - perhaps I measured it wrong? I'm 5ft2 in height. But my butt is rather big

And perhaps I will start a training thread with her! Would be nice to have something like a blog :)
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post #128 of 129 Old 11-15-2014, 06:50 PM
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Kyro, I'm 5'2" and have kind of a big butt. I usually try to ride in a 16.5" or 17" for a jumping or A/P so that the flap isn't overwhelming, but for dressage, I have to have a short flap no matter what. I used a youth saddle for a while (16", my poor butt, so miserable), and now have a Custom Saddlery that is a 17.5" but has a very short flap (custom order) so it actually fits every where. There are some makers that offer a short flap as a stock option, you'll just have to keep an eye out. It is so much more comfortable to be in the correct seat size and have the right flap.
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post #129 of 129 Old 11-21-2014, 07:49 PM
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Really pleased for you. Just read this thread with interest and am happy to see that things worked out for you and Aghata! At the end of the day you're the one who will be in a partnership with the horse you buy, so it makes sense that you should go for the one you feel you will be the happiest with, even if another horse may technically have the edge in one aspect or another. As long as there is nothing glaringly wrong with her that will affect her future soundness then who cares if she isn't top class material as long as you're happy. I actually think she's really lovely and certainly capable of doing a little bit of everything to a decent standard - she was the one I was most drawn to of all those you've posted, even if the Chestnut gelding is nice as well :).
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