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post #41 of 46 Old 02-16-2016, 10:34 AM
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I forgot about answering you about her picking up her feet. She is a little weird about it... like she would probably let me swing my legs around her and hang from her neck if I wanted (I wouldn't do this) but she is weird about having her legs/feet touched... and I can't understand why..

I look at her feet often, as I posted in another thread about feet, I got a lot of negativity because I am timid when it comes to picking feet (I know how that is part of the basic care of owning a horse and everyone should know how to do it) but if you would have seen the first horse I ever had, I had in my care for about two months, you would understand why it scares me and why my confidence about it is horrible.. he was too much horse for me... their feet get picked regularly though, just not by me (my horse is kept at my pap's house and his daughter-in-law has a horse there also so she does my horses feet regularly), next big big priority on my list though is to learn how to be confident picking feet on my own. because it is something I should know... its kind of embarrassing and horrible that I don't know how to do this yet... some people have made me feel really bad about it, now that's crushing the confidence even more because I feel like an idiot for not knowing how to do it comfortably....

but maybe that's why she doesn't like me touching her feet because she may sense my lack of confidence or fear of hurting her... I need to get over it, I know... kind of pathetic..
Don't feel bad or embarrassed. But do touch her legs a lot. As much as possible, in a good, pleasant way. This can be part of your ground work exercises! And when you groom her (I assume you're doing some of that?), you can spend lots of time on her legs. If she doesn't like it, start slow, and gradually build the amount of time you spend brushing and touching her legs until she doesn't care anymore. Eventually, pick up a foot, and put it down after a second or two, gradually increasing how long you can hold it up. It sounds like she just needs a lot of desensitizing.
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Don't feel bad or embarrassed. But do touch her legs a lot. As much as possible, in a good, pleasant way. This can be part of your ground work exercises! And when you groom her (I assume you're doing some of that?), you can spend lots of time on her legs. If she doesn't like it, start slow, and gradually build the amount of time you spend brushing and touching her legs until she doesn't care anymore. Eventually, pick up a foot, and put it down after a second or two, gradually increasing how long you can hold it up. It sounds like she just needs a lot of desensitizing.
thank you.. yes, I groom her a lot, I feel like she feels better when she looks better(: so that's something we do very very often.

and I try to touch her legs a lot when brushing and I go under her belly and touch in between her upper back legs and she is fine as long as I have a brush in my hand..

back to the saddle fitting, would you mind of sometime this week, I put the saddle on her with and without the pad, i'll send you photos, and you let me know what you think or how it looks??? I rode her last week for the first time with a saddle (she also does bareback) and she didn't seem uncomfortable or unwilling. but I definitely DO NOT want to be hurting her. but also don't want to spend all the money on a new saddle if I don't need too(: I definitely don't have a problem buying a new one if I need too, I just want to be sure(:

thank you for being so helpful!!(:

I just love this girl.
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post #43 of 46 Old 02-16-2016, 11:21 AM
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thank you!! I think I am too, I am so excited!!!!

also it may just be the bad quality of the picture, it's definitely dark. she doesn't have black on her legs or tail, her legs are same as the rest of her body and tail is that same brown/red as her mane.

thank you so much for your reply(:
I looked at the picture on my iPad to start and it looked like she has black legs but on a PC where I could lighten it I see I was incorrect. Her legs are brown same as her body so she is a chestnut.

Sorry to mislead you.
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post #44 of 46 Old 02-16-2016, 11:24 AM Thread Starter
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I looked at the picture on my iPad to start and it looked like she has black legs but on a PC where I could lighten it I see I was incorrect. Her legs are brown same as her body so she is a chestnut.

Sorry to mislead you.
No! please don't be sorry!!(:

At least you took the time to look and give me your time and opinion.

It's very much appreciated(:
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post #45 of 46 Old 02-16-2016, 12:08 PM
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back to the saddle fitting, would you mind of sometime this week, I put the saddle on her with and without the pad, i'll send you photos, and you let me know what you think or how it looks??? I rode her last week for the first time with a saddle (she also does bareback) and she didn't seem uncomfortable or unwilling. but I definitely DO NOT want to be hurting her. but also don't want to spend all the money on a new saddle if I don't need too(: I definitely don't have a problem buying a new one if I need too, I just want to be sure(:
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By all means, please do!

There are some horses who are VERY sensitive to saddle fit. My old gelding was one of those. Put a saddle on him that didn't fit as close to perfectly as possible and he was a broncy, bucky, snotty mess.

There are other horses who are a lot more forgiving, especially if they've been forced to be so. A lot of people will toss any old saddle on a horse and when it hurts and the horse acts up, instead of looking at what could be the cause, they punish the horse for acting up. The horse soon learns to either fear the saddle or to just "grin and bear it," so to speak.
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post #46 of 46 Old 02-16-2016, 12:29 PM Thread Starter
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By all means, please do!

There are some horses who are VERY sensitive to saddle fit. My old gelding was one of those. Put a saddle on him that didn't fit as close to perfectly as possible and he was a broncy, bucky, snotty mess.

There are other horses who are a lot more forgiving, especially if they've been forced to be so. A lot of people will toss any old saddle on a horse and when it hurts and the horse acts up, instead of looking at what could be the cause, they punish the horse for acting up. The horse soon learns to either fear the saddle or to just "grin and bear it," so to speak.
that's sad....

and I will!! I was looking a little bit ago and one of the things one of the blogs said was to put the saddle on the horse without a blanket or pad and in the front, you should be able to fit two fingers between the saddle and the horse...

only thing it, I didn't have my saddle hanging, I had it resting on a post and now my saddle lifts up in the middle more than usual because it bent due to the post. how do I fix this?? saddle soap and just hang it? will that take the bend out?

that's my saddle, it's a bit old and dirty, but I love it.
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