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post #21 of 28 Old 07-22-2013, 09:33 PM
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oh if we are spending imaginary money I would love a custom saddle for the horse of course....But seriously, I think the OP can keep her awesome saddle with a little creative investigation into some of the options. I really like the pully system! I am also becoming a big fan of Nibbles. She sounds like a great horse!
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post #22 of 28 Old 07-22-2013, 09:50 PM Thread Starter
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I think I'm going to try a few of the suggestions before I decide to get rid of it. I never thought of having her kneel, but not sure I want to teach her that, although it might come in handy with my problems mounting from the ground. It might kill 2 birds with one stone. LOL. And thank you, Rookie. She IS special. RIght after we got her, my daughter got dumped off her haflinger and trampled. My husband was riding Nibbles (Short slow ride only) and had to pony the FREAKED out Hafflinger back to the barn, and Nibbles had never ponied anything before. She was only 2, and he dropped her reins so he could handle the haffie, who was rearing, pullng back, and generally being an #**#, and Nibbles calmly walked back to the barn with no guidance, ignoring the antics of the other horse. I love her to death!!! I know she will probably let me down at some point, because after all, she's a horse and a baby to boot. But so far, she's been an angel on earth and just what I needed to get better.
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post #23 of 28 Old 07-25-2013, 01:20 AM
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I understand exactly how you feel. I am 61, and disabled, I haven't ridden in about 15 years or so. I can't lift my legs very high at all, and have hardly any strength in my arms, but I am determined to ride again, someday.
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post #24 of 28 Old 07-25-2013, 09:43 AM Thread Starter
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I wasn't sure if I could ride, but even after 40 years away, it felt so natural when I finally rode - I was never even sore! Of course, all I do now is trail ride - no more jumping, but I don't really miss it. I tried putting the saddle on yesterday, using a milk crate for the first step, and then a chair for the second. Not as stable as I liked, but I DID manage to get the saddle on!!!! Just hope Nibbles never decides to move - I'd go flying! LOL

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post #25 of 28 Old 07-25-2013, 12:27 PM
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May I suggest the attached? It's a ramp rather than a step up system (please excuse the quality of the plan - I did it in Paint). Nibbles would stand along side it and you would walk up the ramp to the point where the saddle was at an appropriate height to easily put on. Since it is a ramp, you won't have to worry about accidentally stepping back down a step and thus tripping (although you would have to watch you didn't fall off the opposite end) and you could easily adjust your raising height for any particular day. You'd need to have someone construct it (unless you're talented that way) and just make sure to use a nonslip surface on the top of the ramp. Measurements would depend upon how high you want to go and where you want to have it stationed so that it fits in without being in the way.
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post #26 of 28 Old 07-25-2013, 04:21 PM
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It would be nice to have a ramp that goes up to a solid platform. That would make it easier not to fall off.
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post #27 of 28 Old 07-25-2013, 04:27 PM
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we have a synthetic saddle and I hate it. used it one time. I will take my slick seated a fork anyday. I would go with the large mounting blocks. You may need them in a few years.
My mounting block is in progress and hopefully it will be done as soon it gets cool enough to ride .
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post #28 of 28 Old 07-25-2013, 05:54 PM Thread Starter
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The ramp is a great idea, as is a large mounting block, altbough they are both probably too big to put inside the barn. I know I felt VERY unbalanced on the chair - my balance standing is lousy, anyway, and holding the heavy saddle makes it worse. Even though she is very good, Nibbles is still a horse, and all it would take is one movement, and I'd be on the ground. Holding that saddle wouldn't let me even begin to keep my balance, and heaven forbid I drop it in the dirt! LOL

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