More time in the saddle

15+ year old Quarter Horse gelding. Old style QH with substantial bone and muscle. He is aloof, been through a lot of changes and needs someone to focus their attention on him.

More time in the saddle

Postby Juliane on Wed Sep 27, 2006 11:49 pm

I rode Cassidy again tonight for a very short while. I'm having difficulties trying to fit all of my horsie chores in each day, as well as quality time with each horse. Luckily I was able to snag my roommate, Bobbie, this afternoon to take pictures as I spent a quick session with Cassidy in the round pen.

Cassidy was even more laid back and easy going than he was the first time I rode him. I really do think he has some kind of training - he seems much too comfortable with me in the saddle to be "unbroke". His responses to my leg pressure, clucks and rein direction are automatic.

So far, I have ridden him only in a rope halter. I wonder if his bucking spree with his foster home had anything to do with the bit? He seems very protective of his mouth - he's not comfortable with letting me touch it. He also has a solid lump on the left side of his jaw - so riding with a bosal or hackamore isn't an option.

When I rode him this afternoon, his lips would curl up when I would pull on the reins - much like you would see on a horse that has worn a mechanical hackamore for a long time and has nerve damage. I wonder if the lump on his left jaw has anything to do with a hackamore?

These rescues are so funny! It's all a guessing game!

In any case, I was much bolder with Cassidy tonight and he was exceptional! We walked around the round pen - I even had him step over the jumps I had set up for Connor.

I think I would like to work with him one or two more times in the round pen, pushing him up to a trot and beyond - then I will be ready to venture outside of the round pen :)

Here's a few pics of Cassidy from tonight:

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Postby cat_67 on Thu Sep 28, 2006 3:06 pm

It certainly wouldn't be unusual to find a rescue with an abused mouth. I used to ride a mare who actually had permanent notches in her tongue from a bit in her past! (She was much happier in a halter, too!)

Sunline hates a bit. I tried for a while to get her to accept a gentle, fat copper snaffle, but invariably, she was resistant and would get light in the front end like "I'm not actually going to rear but I'm going to let you know I am thinking about it!" I hate that feeling when you know all their weight just shifted to their back end. So I'd wind up getting off and snapping the reins back to the halter and then she'd be fine. Finally I ordered the Dr. Cook's bridle for her and she has been a happy camper ever since.
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Postby supaloma on Thu Sep 28, 2006 8:03 pm

Cat67's idea on the bitless bridle for is a good one for Cass. He was ridden here with a snaffle-can't say that we noticed any unusual mouth behavior.

The vet thought that Cass' jaw lump was from an old tooth abcess. I think she was speculating. If you look at his front teeth, they are short and as I recall at add angles. I don't know if I really want to think about what may have happened to him...
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Postby seahorse on Fri Sep 29, 2006 11:42 am

That is a good idea Cat- Julie you still have my Dr. Cook's- I wonder if he would be all right in that? He is such a pretty boy!
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Postby Juliane on Fri Sep 29, 2006 12:08 pm

I do, Chelsea! I'll give that a shot today and see how he does :) He did pretty good in the rope halter too :)
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Postby ptownevt on Fri Sep 29, 2006 2:56 pm

I had serious issues getting my daughter's pony to accept a bit; 4-H shows require a bit. Anyway, he had sharp hooks on the molars next to the bars. I also switched from a fat, french link snaffle to a level 1 myler double jointed snaffle. It is much thinner and curved to fit their mouth. Our pony doesn't seem to have a lot of clearance in his mouth for the fat bits. He didn't take long at all to accept the myler, but Anna has to be very careful to keep her hands quiet and not grab at his mouth or accidently yank his mouth. He is sensitive, but things are going well in that department. Now he's thought up other things for us to work on. Those ponies, never a dull moment.
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