• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.

Announcement

Collapse

Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

no saddle no ridng for 2 months!!!

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • no saddle no ridng for 2 months!!!

    so fall is my favorite time to ride and train. my mare does better in cool weather. i love it. usually every weekend we venture out to some local park for training rides.
    but yesterday i had a saddle fitting appointment and it was confirmed that my saddle doesn't fit her and she's very sore. per saddle fitter's instructions, i'm to stay off her back until my new saddle comes in which will be some time in january 2008!!!!

    so we're back to ground driving and longe work. i know it's what she needs but i'm still a little sad about all the fall riding we're going to miss
    http://www.eponashoe.com/
    TQ(Trail Queen) \"Learn How to Ride or Move Over!!\" Clique

  • #2
    So sorry to hear it! But it is good that you're giving her the rest she needs to heal, and a new saddle! Any chance you can ride bareback, when she feels better - before you're new saddle comes?
    "Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." - Confucious
    <>< I.I.

    Comment

    • Original Poster

      #3
      not sure about the bareback.

      that's what i've been doing for the last month waiting for the saddle fitter. well not exactly, i rode in a bareback pad during the week in the indoor and on the weekends i did short rides in my sister's old saddle which didn't really fit either me or the horse well but i thought short rides wouldn't kill us.

      i think once we get rid of those knots in her back i may be able to ride a bit in a bareback pad but at a walk only.

      i do take her out on trails while ground driving but obviously we don't go far.

      i'm hoping all the work we'll do on the longe line and ground driving will help build up her topline again.
      http://www.eponashoe.com/
      TQ(Trail Queen) \"Learn How to Ride or Move Over!!\" Clique

      Comment


      • #4
        Eek! Thats a long time not to ride. I was also going to suggest bareback after her back feels a bit better. But, better to wait and have her feeling better.

        In the mean time, could you borrow a horse to ride?
        MnToBe Twinkle Star: "Twinkie"
        http://i236.photobucket.com/albums/f...wo/009_17A.jpg

        Proud member of the "Don't rush to kill wildlife" clique!

        Comment


        • #5
          Bummer!! Any way you can ride another horse and pony her so she doesn't lose fitness? I used to pony all my horses before starting them under saddle. I plan to pony the youngster, too, when her mama is going nice enough under saddle (long-time brood mare, not much training).
          "Passion without knowledge is a runaway horse."

          Comment

          • Original Poster

            #6
            kip is a character.

            i've ponied horses off of her but i'm not so sure it'd work the other way around. she likes to lead! the mare i could borrow is a follower not a leader and when she's out with kip on trails, kip always leads so i don't think that would work... i'll think about it.

            we will ground drive and do some long work. they always say that horses hold their condition a lot longer than we give them credit for, so hopefully we won't fall much behind.

            i am looking forward to working with her on the ground. i am hopeful that with the massage therapy and this ground work her muscles will relax and her topline will develop. think that's doable in 10 weeks?

            i just wrote all this 'saddle fitting' stuff down in my kip diary (i'm trying to keep notes in there consistently b/c i find that as time passes i don't recall specifics of major events w/ re to her care; stuff gets blurred, dates get blurred). it's really quite incredible that this saddle will have all these features to compensate for her conformation. the tree will be shaped more as an omega than a 'U', the panels are wide so they distribute the weight and make contact throughout, the panels in teh back will be angeled b/c her back slopes, the panels will be lined with felt so that flocking doesn't compress as fast. and you the best part? - i'll have Drings gallore!!!!! 2 on each side in the front and 2 on each side in the back. since we don't need a crouper b/c her shoulders are so prominent i wasn't going to put one in the center but i think i may ask her to do it afterall, b/c who knows where that saddle will end up down the road.

            so this is exciting albeit patience testing
            http://www.eponashoe.com/
            TQ(Trail Queen) \"Learn How to Ride or Move Over!!\" Clique

            Comment


            • #7
              Originally posted by marta View Post
              ...i just wrote all this 'saddle fitting' stuff down in my kip diary (i'm trying to keep notes in there consistently b/c i find that as time passes i don't recall specifics of major events w/ re to her care; stuff gets blurred, dates get blurred)...
              Every year someone gives me a horse calendar for Christmas, and I hang it down in my feed room. I use a Barntracker/white board for general stuff. But any health related stuff about any of the five of our guys gets put on the horse calandar (e.g. Spring shots, Jazz cough, Dakota lame BL, Luke bute, etc.). I know every little thing that's happened re: their health from April 2004 to now. I also track my hay usage on it. Just an idea...
              "Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." - Confucious
              <>< I.I.

              Comment


              • #8
                Originally posted by marta View Post
                per saddle fitter's instructions, i'm to stay off her back until my new saddle comes in which will be some time in january 2008!!!!
                It's great that you have a new saddle coming! In the meantime, why don't you consult a vet about your saddle fitter's advice. I have a great saddle fitter, but if he told me not to ride for two months, I'd take it with a grain of salt.

                You might find that a vet who practices acupuncture, or a good massage therapist, can help you horse's back significantly. My saddle fitter also does massage therapy and can often help pinpoint (and relieve) muscle soreness. In which case, you can use a bareback pad and ride until your new saddle arrives.
                Equine Ink - My soapbox for equestrian writings & reviews.
                EquestrianHow2 - Operating instructions for your horse.

                Comment

                • Original Poster

                  #9
                  Bogie

                  she told me not to ride for 2 mos b/c i don't have a saddle that fits. i traded my old saddle in as a downpayment on the new one which will not be here for approximately 2 mos. she told me to get some massage therapy for my mare. i could probably ride her bareback a bit once the soreness dissipates but considering the lack of topline on my mare, that's probably not a great idea and might result in her tensing up her back (unless we just go for some walks).

                  thank you for your suggestion re vet. but while i trust my vet with respect to certain issues, saddle fitting is NOT one of them
                  http://www.eponashoe.com/
                  TQ(Trail Queen) \"Learn How to Ride or Move Over!!\" Clique

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by marta View Post
                    .

                    thank you for your suggestion re vet. but while i trust my vet with respect to certain issues, saddle fitting is NOT one of them
                    I, too, rely on my saddle fitter for saddle fit, but as for the back soreness -- once the saddle is gone, I'd call in the vet and the massage therapist. Sometimes, just resting isn't enough; you need to address the soreness in the muscles.

                    There are also some good books out there that show basic massage techniques. One of my horses is a bit cold backed and I usually spend a few minutes massaging his back before I ride and it does make a difference.

                    I've found that a bareback pad with a good therapeutic or dense felt pad underneath, is pretty comfy for both horse and rider .
                    Equine Ink - My soapbox for equestrian writings & reviews.
                    EquestrianHow2 - Operating instructions for your horse.

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      I can feel some of your pain. I am having saddle fit problems with my mare Cricket. I had to give her two weeks off and thankfully the massage therapist said she was ok to ride. I had to do mini massages every day.

                      I ordered a synthetic saddle to try, got it, took it out of the box, put it back in and returned it. So now I don't have a saddle to really ride in either. It is so frustrating.
                      Missouri Fox Trotters-To ride one is to own one

                      Standardbreds, so much more then a harness racing horse.

                      Comment

                      • Original Poster

                        #12
                        cashela

                        you have some good saddle fitters and saddle shops in your neck of the woods. isn't trumbull mountain up your way? maybe you could just haul her to the store and try the saddles on right there on the spot.

                        we are longing in side reins and i am going to start ground driving her, too.

                        it is frustrating. yesterday afternoon i was walking my dog in the park where i also ride and the sun was shining and the air had that nice crisp fall feeling and i could see horse hoof prints on the trail and i just got so sad all over again over the thought of not being able to ride her this fall. and you know, it's not just about riding, b/c i can borrow a friend's horse. it's all about riding MY MARE. i like her, she's my buddy, i want to be out there with her, not with some other horse
                        http://www.eponashoe.com/
                        TQ(Trail Queen) \"Learn How to Ride or Move Over!!\" Clique

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          I have been thru that and it stinks. But it will be well worth the wait when your horse is healthier and happier!
                          Owner of Johnny Rebel Acres Horse Boarding
                          www.JohnnyRebelAcres.com

                          Comment

                          • Original Poster

                            #14
                            J.R.

                            thanks!
                            we're still without the saddle but it snowed last night so i'm thinking of doing my own version of ski joring by ground driving her with my cross country skis on trails. think i'll get killed?
                            http://www.eponashoe.com/
                            TQ(Trail Queen) \"Learn How to Ride or Move Over!!\" Clique

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by marta View Post
                              thanks!
                              we're still without the saddle but it snowed last night so i'm thinking of doing my own version of ski joring by ground driving her with my cross country skis on trails. think i'll get killed?

                              I have a visual!!!! And it is not good!
                              Owner of Johnny Rebel Acres Horse Boarding
                              www.JohnnyRebelAcres.com

                              Comment

                              • Original Poster

                                #16
                                J.R.

                                no worries! the snow didn't stick by the barn... but i'm still hopeful. in fact, i have an official ground driving lesson tomorrow p.m.
                                http://www.eponashoe.com/
                                TQ(Trail Queen) \"Learn How to Ride or Move Over!!\" Clique

                                Comment


                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by marta View Post
                                  no worries! the snow didn't stick by the barn... but i'm still hopeful. in fact, i have an official ground driving lesson tomorrow p.m.
                                  Good for you!!! That should help get you thru until the new saddle arrives!!!
                                  Owner of Johnny Rebel Acres Horse Boarding
                                  www.JohnnyRebelAcres.com

                                  Comment

                                  Working...
                                  X