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post #1 of 13 Old 03-20-2017, 12:07 AM Thread Starter
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New horse part 2

Hey all! Its been a looooong winter here in Utah. Its finally SPRING!!!
I bought a horse back in November and had a rocky start with him. I decided to sell him because our last encounter was a horrible one and I wasn't sure I ever wanted to look at another horse ever again. He sold fairly quickly and I got what I paid for him.
Well, I just couldn't stay away. I spent LOTS of time looking! Like, obsessive amounts of time! There were a lot of "Beginner and Kid friendly" horses. I'm a little wary of those; Ive heard too many horror stories. So when I saw this cute little (14.2 hand) Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse was re-listed from last fall, I kinda focused on him. I did the research on the breed, I talked to the owner several times, I asked the horse people at my work (a vet clinic) to critique his conformation, and everything about him. They all thought he looked great.
SO, last weekend, I dragged my hubby along on a weekend road trip to make Scout mine!! He has gotten a clean bill of health from my boss, the veterinarian, and he is SUPER!
He's got an irritating habit that were working on which is pawing at the ground when he's tied. The pawing is getting better, I tell him NO! and give him a light smack on the leg he's pawing with, if he does it again, the smack gets harder. He is responding well.
Ive been spending every free moment with him. I think weve been bonding pretty well. I even gave him a bath yesterday! He's a very trusting horse and nothing really bothers him. My dummy husband didn't warn me that he was going to start making a lot of loud sounds behind us. Scout didn't even care! I asked hubby to warn me next time just in case Scout freaks. Hubby's not a horse person. He doesn't get it.
I took him on a trail ride with the gals I work with today. He crossed a fast flowing creek without hesitation, he trudged through mud and about a foot deep of snow along the trail (which scared me a little). I was really impressed.
The only thing that has been difficult is the saddle. Hes got high withers and a short back. The woman I bought him from had a Tucker endurance saddle that was made for him, but wouldn't part with it. She gave me a Bob Marshall treeless endurance saddle, but I'm worried about using it for fear of causing him pain or discomfort. I have 3 borrowed saddles at my disposal. If one works, its mine. One of the western saddles is a big no-go. The gullet sits on his withers. The one I rode in at first is ok, but too long for him (I didn't realize it until today). To get the saddle in the right position behind the shoulder, it ends about 5 inches past his last rib. The one I used today is smaller, probably too small for me, but I feel like I cant get the cinch tight. I even bought a 28" cinch because the ones the saddles came with are too long.
I watched all the videos posted in the "Does your saddle reaaaallly fit?" post. I cant wait to get out there with my computer in hand tomorrow and follow all 9 of the saddle fitting videos. Even though its only about English saddles, I think it will be a lot of help.
I will go through the whole saddle fitting process tomorrow and take pics and post them here.
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post #2 of 13 Old 03-20-2017, 07:06 AM
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Sounds like a great trail horse! Lucky you! Congrats!

I feel for you with the saddle fitting. It's so frustrating. I think some horses are just really hard to fit and my mare is one of them. We've tried a bunch of saddles and while what we're using now works, it's not perfect. Do take pics of the saddle (without the pad) - there are many knowledgeable people here who can help!
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post #3 of 13 Old 03-20-2017, 08:08 AM
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Yay for a horse that's a better fit for you! Good luck with your saddle search. That can be so tough!
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post #4 of 13 Old 03-20-2017, 08:45 AM
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Awwww I'm glad Scout is a better match for you! Saddle fitting can be frustrating & it can take time. I hope it all works out. Pictures may help too.

Ride more, worry less.
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post #5 of 13 Old 03-20-2017, 09:09 PM
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I, too, have a horse with high withers and short back, a common combination. Every time we went out, Amal came back with skin abrasions right in front of his loins. I changed saddle pads several times, but it made no difference. I use a charro saddle, which is the traditional saddle of Mexican vaqueros, and the saddle trees have long bars. Eventually, I cut an inch of the bars at the back. Voila! No more problems. I think English saddles have short bars in comparison with charro saddles. There are also saddle pads made for the horse with high withers. As far as your horse pawing at the ground, I have a few that have done that. I just ignore them. They stop.
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post #6 of 13 Old 03-21-2017, 06:49 AM
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So happy for you! Congrats on your new partner. You made a good decision :)

And now... Where are the pics??
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post #7 of 13 Old 03-21-2017, 07:27 PM
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Hi, Scout sounds like an awesome horse!

Yeah, saddlefit - the bane... & the pain! While the *bearing areas* - the bars - shouldn't extend far past the last rib, and shouldn't be putting any pressure around his shoulderblades - about 4" back from them at least - many Westerns have extended 'skirts', and so long as that's not sitting hard on his back, digging into his shoulder, that can be longer. Also most westerns don't have a channel in the back half & will sit on the horse's spine if not padded off. So if that's the case, a good saddle pad *with a wide channel* is important. And westerns don't typically have much padding under the panels, so a good saddle pad is important for that too. Aside from those things, fitting is not really any different between western & English. Balance International is a site with heaps of good info on saddle fit too - tho English again. There are many good specifically Western fitting sites too.
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post #8 of 13 Old 03-22-2017, 07:06 PM Thread Starter
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I'm trying SO hard to upload pictures of Scout! Its been a real challenge (this website hates my computer, lol!). I will keep trying. I haven't been able to go out and take pics with saddles. Its been rainy and cold here and I'm severely allergic to bad weather!
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post #9 of 13 Old 03-22-2017, 07:21 PM Thread Starter
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These don't really do him justice! Hes such a cutie! The one pic has the saddle that I like the best, but is too long for him.
I might have hubby convinced that I need a custom Australian saddle!
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post #10 of 13 Old 03-23-2017, 11:29 AM Thread Starter
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There's a right way, a wrong way, and Lynn's way!
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