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post #1221 of 1323 Old 12-02-2015, 02:41 PM Thread Starter
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No, not likely. My mare changed pretty dramatically over a 90 day period though. My point is...your mare is going to physically change, so don't be pressured into buying something super duper expensive.
Oh how many days did you ride her?

Well Im looking to spend as little as possible on a saddle but will spend more I find a saddle thats worth it. And yes Im only looking at used. I dont need anything super luxurious and i dont care about the colour or its looks. As long as its comfortable for me and my mare thats whats most important.

Right now I have the anticiapation of having to get a new saddle to fit her in a year or less. So dont want to break the bank.
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I'm not sure how long he was in his second home for maybe over a year. The saddle would have been ugh too narrow or maybe wide? (Night shift brain excuse me) causing pressure around the wither but while that was happening he was losing an extreme amount of condition causing muscle wastage around the spine.
Oh I see. Did you do the pillowcase trick?
I'm sorry I have never heard of that what is it ?
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This is one of "those things" that the answer to is "It Depends"..... Lunging LONG and LOW, with the horse stretching its head down, and lifting it's back up, iN A LARGE CIRCLE will stretch the topline. But this must be done CORRECTLY to have any effect.
Im really trying my best to NOT lunge her. I know it sucks because trotting is probably THE task to do for the withers, top line no?
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Oh how many days did you ride her?

Well Im looking to spend as little as possible on a saddle but will spend more I find a saddle thats worth it. And yes Im only looking at used. I dont need anything super luxurious and i dont care about the colour or its looks. As long as its comfortable for me and my mare thats whats most important.

Right now I have the anticiapation of having to get a new saddle to fit her in a year or less. So dont want to break the bank.
We were riding anywhere between 3 and 5 times a week.

Are you going to be riding english or western?
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I'm sorry I have never heard of that what is it ?
Oh its where (when you get a new saddle to try) and you put a clean white pillowcase on first, then the mat then saddle. Then work your horse. Afterwards remove the pillowcase and any spots that are dry mean that the saddle is applying too much pressure on that spot of the horse.
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I'm sorry I have never heard of that what is it ?
Oh its where (when you get a new saddle to try) and you put a clean white pillowcase on first, then the mat then saddle. Then work your horse. Afterwards remove the pillowcase and any spots that are dry mean that the saddle is applying too much pressure on that spot of the horse.
I've never tried it.. I just got my saddle fitter out. The muscle atrophy was before my time so.
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We were riding anywhere between 3 and 5 times a week.

Are you going to be riding english or western?
Western forsure.

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I've never tried it.. I just got my saddle fitter out. The muscle atrophy was before my time so.
Is the saddle you ordered custom fit or just saddle fitted, then you went to find one?
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Im really trying my best to NOT lunge her. I know it sucks because trotting is probably THE task to do for the withers, top line no?
Not necessarily... You can help by taking her for a walk, asking her to lower her head. You need to really stride out, to encourage her to really step under with her hind legs.
This is not going to be easy as tall as you are, so you may need to teach her to stretch to the end of you crop, then carry it across your body so you can keep encouraging her.

Whenever you walk, in and out of the pasture, etc., really walk.
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Not necessarily... You can help by taking her for a walk, asking her to lower her head.
Ok, Im doing this now and will continue to do so.

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You need to really stride out, to encourage her to really step under with her hind legs.
What do you mean?

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This is not going to be easy as tall as you are, so you may need to teach her to stretch to the end of you crop, then carry it across your body so you can keep encouraging her.
I dont get it, sorry.

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Whenever you walk, in and out of the pasture, etc., really walk.
You mean a fast walk or a firm walk?

Ive been trying to get her to walk faster when leading. When you lead her into the barn, she will walk slow (even with the end of my lead swinging around and not tap her with it but I just show it and she has responded in the past where she picks it up. If you tap her HQ with the lead she will freak out). I was thinking of carrying my flag or small crop with me as well. Flag stick might be too much on a windy day.

But when you lead her back to her herd, she will walk like how she should be.
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Not necessarily... You can help by taking her for a walk, asking her to lower her head.
Ok, Im doing this now and will continue to do so.

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You need to really stride out, to encourage her to really step under with her hind legs.
What do you mean?

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This is not going to be easy as tall as you are, so you may need to teach her to stretch to the end of you crop, then carry it across your body so you can keep encouraging her.
I dont get it, sorry.

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Whenever you walk, in and out of the pasture, etc., really walk.
You mean a fast walk or a firm walk?

Ive been trying to get her to walk faster when leading. When you lead her into the barn, she will walk slow (even with the end of my lead swinging around and not tap her with it but I just show it and she has responded in the past where she picks it up. If you tap her HQ with the lead she will freak out). I was thinking of carrying my flag or small crop with me as well. Flag stick might be too much on a windy day.

But when you lead her back to her herd, she will walk like how she should be.
You could look up Marike de Jong or Manolo Mendez they have a some good stuff with things like lateral bend and getting horse to step under with the hind. Once my trainer sends me the photos she took in our lesson I'll show you!
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