Saddle broke?

12 year old BLM mustang, rescued off the Yakima Feedlot in December 2005. Entered training on 4/26/06

Saddle broke?

Postby Juliane on Thu Apr 27, 2006 8:25 pm

After spending lots of time with Margie today, loving on her and letting her graze in the grass, I decided to see how or if she would react to a saddle. My girlfriend, Natalie, fell in love with Margie right off the bat when we picked her up in Yakima yesterday. She came by my house today to work with Margie and see if they would be a good match together, so she can decide whether to adopt her :) Woohoo!

Anyhow, before even beginning to try saddling her, we let her graze in the grass while brushing the tangles from her mane and the dust from her coat. Margie and Natalie are very much alike and get long perfectly!

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Once she was brushed down, we headed to the round pen to see what she knew. It was pretty obvious that she didn't know much. She didn't know how to lunge and didn't understand the command to move out. She simply kept stopping and looking at Natalie, as if to say "What do you mean?"

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Looks like we are going to have to teach her how to lunge :P We then proceeded to put the saddle pad and saddle on her. She was perfect. She didn't have any issues with any part of it, even the cinching part :) Once the saddle was on, we tried putting weight in the stirrups - she didn't flinch at all :)

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I put one of my training french link snaffle bits with a very slight curb on her. Then, Natalie got on. Margie had no problem with someone getting on her, and tried to do as Natalie asked. However, we could tell that she either didn't know how to respond to a bit, or was uncomfortable in this one. So, I removed the reins from the bridle and bit and attached them to the rope halter under the bridle. The difference was like night and day. Margie was light, sensitive and confident under saddle. So, I assume that perhaps she's only been ridden in a bosal?

Anyhow, Margie is excellent under saddle. She is responsive, willing and tries hard. She's also very smooth and feels like you're riding a draft horse with her big gaits :)

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Postby lillena on Thu Apr 27, 2006 8:59 pm

Awesome! You are going to have so much fun. What a good girl she is.
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Postby tinkerslady on Thu Apr 27, 2006 9:34 pm

This is SO COOL!!!!
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Postby barrelgurl on Fri Apr 28, 2006 3:03 pm

Wow this is amazing! She sure does have a lot of poteintal! Thank you, thank you, thank you! What a gorgeous mare :D :D
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Postby Foxie on Fri Apr 28, 2006 8:26 pm

She looks wonderful.

You are an Angel for doing this. :D
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Postby Juliane on Fri Apr 28, 2006 8:33 pm

If I didn't already own too many of my own horses, I'd be in line to adopt this gal. She's HOT. She's got amazing gaits, a wonderful personality and is beautiful to boot!

Natalie came by today to help me with some horsey chores (we had to spread a huge pile of wood chips, probably 10 yards worth, in my pasture in the high traffic areas that turn muddy when it rains. When we were done, we decided to pull Margie and Skittles out and work with them in the round pen, then ended up taking them for a walk down the road.

Margie was perfect again - Natalie walked and trotted her and worked along side me in an exercise we've done in the sport of drill. We rode side by side at both a walk and trot - both horses were perfect :)

We still need to work with her on finding a bit or headstall solution that will work for her, but for now, Natalie and Margie are working together in a halter and reins.

Natalie has submitted an application to adopt Margie, so we're keeping our fingers crossed that she will be approved. They are perfect together!

Here's a pic from today on our walk down the street. (and yea, I know, we weren't practicing safe horsemanship in our tennies and shorts)

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