At a loss..(as to what else I can do)
I am at a loss on what to do for my horse, and I am also a bit frusterated.
First, I will tell you my issues, then I will tell you what I am going to do. Then I need your help and ideas and tips, pretty please?!?!
My horse is a skinny 16.3 ottb. I am wroking on getting weight on him. He looks much better than when I got him, but I figure it will be next summer before he is about perfect.
- my saddle does not fit him. I am borrowing saddles, can not find anything that does not pinch him. I need a new saddle for myself too. I do not have money to drop into a custom right now. But I do not think that is the answer, as I am trying to get weight and muscle on him still.
- he moves with his head UP. I can't get him to bring it down if we do more than walk. I have been trying, and no luck. I'm a bit frusterated.
Me trying to help:
- Calling a chiro. I would like to see if this helps him out.
-I had his teeth done(they were BAD!)
-I keep trying different saddles and different pad combos.. trying to find a decent fit.
-I am walking hills. Up and down before and after we ride.
-I am setting up ground poles..
-I am just walking with minimal trotting right now.. over and over the hils and poles. Trying to get him going from hind to front. And to use his neck and stretch out.
What else can I do for my boy? Short of not riding him for the next year due to the saddle issue, any thoughts, tips, anything?!?!