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post #11 of 22 Old 09-24-2010, 11:27 PM
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Hmmm...this is a tough one. If her shoulders just keep getting more muscular this might be a long term problem. How about a back cinch with a connecter to the front cinch to keep them both in place?

Is she getting a girth gall or is she just getting irritated? I betcha the english would be the way to go.
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post #12 of 22 Old 09-24-2010, 11:33 PM
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There's no girth gall, but we haven't ridden in the saddle for any length of time due to this other issue. It's not her muscle structure getting in the way, she actually still has clearance behind her front legs with the girth, it's the actually pads of fat located over and behind her elbows that seem to get pinched as she walks. I thought with the angle change and different seat of the english saddle/girth she might be okay, at least in the meantime until she drops more weight. Or we might just be stuck bareback until then. It's worth a try at any rate. I might try the rear cinch, although I never ride in them I always keep them in case I sell my saddle - I'll try that tomorrow. Thanks!


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Yeah...I hate rear cinches too. They usually make things more difficult than they need to be. It sounds like the english might work...if nothing else its less leather to interefere with her trying to move. Ill dig around tomorrow. I know I have a bunch of english stuff laying around after a small revival of my interest in english. Its passed. LOL
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post #14 of 22 Old 09-24-2010, 11:41 PM
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Cori, I'm also debating trying Spencer's show saddle on her, it's very wide and flat (it's for Misty, after all, who has her own roundness problems and a table-top back) because I COULD squeeze my rump into a 14 inch saddle if I HAD to, just not use the stirrups lol. But since the problem is girth related, rather than saddle fit related, I think I'd have the same issue regardless, just look even sillier and feel even more uncomfortable in the process lol.


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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).

My old trainer has an obese Morgan mare that she started riding for one of our boarders, and she has the same problem with her pinching herself right at the elbow area. So she actually just smears on a glob of grease where ever she's getting pinched at. I guess it works really well.


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post #16 of 22 Old 09-25-2010, 12:15 AM
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Oh god, WTW I'm sure that's probably a great idea, and I will certainly try it, but the instant mental image of riding a greased Willow is hilarious to me


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LOL that sounds like its crazy enough to work! Why must she be such a pork chop?! I wonder what her former owners were thinking. Why would they feed her to this excess?!
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Oh god, WTW I'm sure that's probably a great idea, and I will certainly try it, but the instant mental image of riding a greased Willow is hilarious to me
Believe me, I about spit out my drink when she first told me about it. She even showed me her big ol' jar of it marked "MIA'S GREASE"


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Honestly, this is my take on Willow. Being she was auction-bought, there is no way to prove/disprove my theory and I'm happy with my made up movie in my mind.

I believe once upon a time Willow probably was a decent little kid's pony. She has enough "know-how" (when riding, she readily collects in hand at the trot to do a nice little shuffle, or will lengthen out and do a pretty serious extended trot that even leaves Claymore in the dust. On lead she positions well, will square up, do haunch pivots, and trot at the shoulder so she had some halter basics instilled as well) to lead me to believe someone put some effort into her training once upon a time. But she's learned to be a bully. I think at some point she soured on whichever kid she was hauling around, and chucked them off a time or two, and probably gained pasture ornament status as a result. I inclined to think she was probably as pasture ornament for quite some time, going off the shape she is in now. The people we bought her off of at the auction blew a line of BS but I'm just about certain they had her not much over a week or two before they ran her through the auction. I think she found success with tossing a bit of buck and attitude and was rewarded with a cushy pasture life and not being rode, and is only now learning to let go of the realization this scenario wont continue at my house.



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Oooh boy did she pick the wrong owners to keep that bucking up! She will probably grow out of that. She honestly looks much happier in her after pic than she did in her before. I still need more pictures of my love-love, Rain.
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