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post #1 of 22 Old 09-24-2010, 10:09 PM Thread Starter
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Check out Willow's progress!

Yes, I realize the pics are from 2 different sides but you get the general point!

Indy has been doing a TREMENDOUS amount of work into her to help get her weight down and you can already see the results in just a month! She's well on her way to becoming a sleek little pony!
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post #2 of 22 Old 09-24-2010, 10:39 PM
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Wow! I cut back my mares feed (besides her getting into the grain bin today) and she is getting bigger! I'm jealous.
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post #3 of 22 Old 09-24-2010, 10:52 PM Thread Starter
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This is just from an hour or more of riding each day. She's still too fat for a saddle as the saddle just rolls or ends up pinching the fat pads on her elbows and then she starts bucking (all 2-4 inches in the air!!). That and I'm sure she's lost some of it by hauling butt when she spots me headed in her direction with a halter or bridle. I actually saw her gallop today! I had to hold onto the fence post because she shook the whole pasture... ok, ok, I'm exaggerating LOL but it was still a sight to see!

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post #4 of 22 Old 09-24-2010, 10:54 PM
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!!! lol I wish I had time to ride an hour or more a day. I free lunge 3 times a week and ride at least 2 to 3.
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post #5 of 22 Old 09-24-2010, 10:55 PM
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Haha, it's so funny, you don't even notice so much until you see pictures side by side like that. She's got a long way to go yet, but she's definitely making improvements! If we could pick up a smaller english girth cheap, might be worth trying since my english saddle seemed to sit on her well enough and the girth was farther back.


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post #6 of 22 Old 09-24-2010, 11:02 PM
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What size do you guys think you'll need? I might have something laying around. LOL here we go again!

She does look much better. Amarea...next time she runs from you get a lunge whip! LOL make her fat booty work before you saddle her! Half the work for you...double the work for her!
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post #7 of 22 Old 09-24-2010, 11:07 PM Thread Starter
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Hell I'm just as overweight as she is so it'd be just as much work for me too LOL!!!

I'm not sure about the girth size. Indy used Finn's 54 inch one on her and it went to the top holes on both sides and was still too loose LOL :) She can give you a better idea!

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post #8 of 22 Old 09-24-2010, 11:07 PM
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Cori, my crappy 54" web on the tightest holes held the saddle on, but not enough to ride in. My actual good contoured girth is Claymore's 58" and couldn't dream of working on her. So she'd really probably need a 46-48ish. And I still need to send your darn girth extender! I ended up holding off with Rosie's issues, didn't want it to leave a bad taste in your mouth, but if she's ready to ride now I'll get it headed your way!


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post #9 of 22 Old 09-24-2010, 11:12 PM
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Let me check the barn tomorrow when I ride. I know I have an older one laying around. It wouldnt win any prizes but it might get her going until she can get a proper western saddle! LOL

Something in my head says I know how to fix the rubbing elbows thing...Ill have to think about it though. Dangit if its not gonna drive me nuts though!
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post #10 of 22 Old 09-24-2010, 11:16 PM
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Cori, let me know if you think of something. I tried positioning the girth quite far back, but it works it way forward after just a few strides. She can fit in all three of our draft tree saddles, it's just the girth sliding we are having problems with. The saddle itself isn't moving forward, otherwise I'd just invest in a mule crupper, my saddle has a ring for one (though I don't think Tracie or Amarea's saddles do).


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