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post #11 of 15 Old 02-09-2012, 12:42 PM
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Thanks, as for lunging I do have a line and luckily there are outdoor arenas just off the property we can use. She did pretty well and she seems to prefer to trot but she just doesn't want to stop. I do walk her for a while in the round pen as she is much more comfortable there and slows down quite a bit. I currently just have an AP english saddle. Eventually I would like to get her into dressage but that is not in the near future so I will be mostly just be casually riding this year. I have had a recomendation on a good half pad but I would like a few opinions as in the past I only leased a horse and all tack was included so I never paid much attention to it. Is it ok to work her every day just maybe only a little on off days? She gets very antsy and enjoys being taken out everyday. If I don't take her out to walk at least in the pasture she doesn't really want to go back to her small pasture/paddock area. Thank you for any replies.
It depends on what your looking to spend. I would recommend a Mattes pad if your willing to spend a little more for quality (they run about $200). They have one of the best reputations.

For a little less expensive option, fleeceworks makes a good pad for pretty cheap.

The half pad makes all the difference.


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I don't mind spending a little extra if it will make my horse feel better. I'd prefer to keep it under $100 because if when she fills out and gets the shape she should be I would need a new saddle if the current one doesn't fit anymore and I know that will cost much more than I paid for this one.

Would it be ok to just walk for about 10-15 min on her off days?(We work on ground work a little everyday, she has already learned to be patient.) If we stay in the round pen she keeps it quite slow. Also I have heard that walking or trotting in too tight of circles can be bad for their legs? I have a 24' lunge line for her work days but the round pen is only 80' diameter. Is that an ok size circle?
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I would seriously work her (trotting etc) every other day.
Depends on the footing and the ground. This is an out of shape horse recovering from extreme weight loss. Long slow is better than hard fast.
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I don't mind spending a little extra if it will make my horse feel better. I'd prefer to keep it under $100 because if when she fills out and gets the shape she should be I would need a new saddle if the current one doesn't fit anymore and I know that will cost much more than I paid for this one.

Would it be ok to just walk for about 10-15 min on her off days?(We work on ground work a little everyday, she has already learned to be patient.) If we stay in the round pen she keeps it quite slow. Also I have heard that walking or trotting in too tight of circles can be bad for their legs? I have a 24' lunge line for her work days but the round pen is only 80' diameter. Is that an ok size circle?
The mattes pads are universal. They will fit any saddle, on most horses. I would do some more research, but the Fleeceworks pads are nice. Along with a nicely padded under pad.

Yes walking on off days is fine. I would just walk her around the barn, in hand.

That size circle is fine.


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The mattes pads are universal. They will fit any saddle, on most horses. I would do some more research, but the Fleeceworks pads are nice. Along with a nicely padded under pad.

Yes walking on off days is fine. I would just walk her around the barn, in hand.

That size circle is fine.

Thanks, I was just mentioning the pad cost because if I would need a new saddle I would like that extra money to go towards the saddle and not an expensive pad if I can get away with a cheaper one.
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