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post #31 of 33 Old 01-06-2015, 07:22 PM
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Hi, it does look like you're too big for him - height isn't the issue tho. He appears to have a weakish back(or he's hollowing it due to discomfort) & the saddle doesn't look big enough for you, but couldn't afford to be much longer for him. If he had a Chiro check & was gotten fit & strong, with a good saddle, I imagine you wouldn't look so 'too big' tho.
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Just looked at pic in other thread( thanks NM) & it appears you're probably not too big for him, **assuming he was fit & strong. His back is obviously not in great shape, but its possible much of that is due to ill fitting saddle. So again, I suggest a good chiropractic vet to see/treat him, & they will also be able to advise you on saddle fit.

He doesn't look to me obviously under weight in those pics. And to those who have a problem with the 20% thing, as like so many other things taken fanatically & to extreme, it is a good guideline, but just not a 'be all & end all'. Just that people tend to like hard & fast figures, so people get hung up on it.
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If the horse has no teeth problems but is still having trouble with the bit (which is where your bridle problems are coming from), his current bit may be uncomfortable for him, or bits in general are uncomfortable for him. You might want to try bitless. Try riding him in a halter with reins attached and see how he goes, a couple years ago I did this on my mare and found her so much less combative that I went back to the english mechanical hackamore she was started in. If you're doing gymkhana or pony club or jumping classes, it shouldn't matter whether you have a bit or not. Dressage, and other disciplines, they want bits, but for what you are doing you could go bitless. He would probably be much happier, but you won't know until you try!

The reason I say bitless is because in the picture from the other thread he looks uncomfortable, and you say you have a bridle issue even though his teeth are fine.
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