TrailPixie1

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  1. I know this post is a few years old, but I thought I'd give my review in case anyone else is looking for information on Synergist saddles. I bought a used Synergist on eBay about 2 years ago. My horse & I love it. Super supple, high quality leather. Pre-turned fenders. Trail stirrups. Suede seat. Best of all...light weight. It only weighs about 21 lbs. Even though it's a western trail model, the bars are more english style (see picture). The serial # on this saddle is for a wide/extra wide built on a wide tree. The company can (for a fee) adjust the width of this particular saddle to either wide or extra wide. So, the saddle can be adjusted to fit a horse if it gains or loses weight...or adjusted (within reason) to fit another horse. My only complaint about the saddle, is that on long rides (over 2 - 2 1/2 hours), the super cushy, padded seat (which others might love) causes numbness in parts I'd rather not be numb in. (Too much information, I know.) I'm used to riding more on my pockets, where this saddle puts you in more of an equitation seat. This saddle was not custom made for me, but was made for someone with the same height, weight and inseam measurements. The company keeps the original owner's custom order info. They are super nice & very helpful answering questions. The serial # for these saddles is located on the under side of the pommel (under the horn area).
  2. Beautiful pictures! Love the architecture...and the landscape...and Coblet!
  3. Boots sound like a great option. If he has soft (tender) feet from being shod, walking him barefoot on asphalt or concrete will help to toughen up his feet. I've transitioned 3 horses from shoes to barefoot very successfully. Initially, it took lots of hand walking on hard surfaces, hoof supplement, and frequent trims (removing very little at a time until the feet are shaped). I used Easy Boots with gaiters for my riding horses. They stayed on very well & caused minimal rubbing. Without the gaiters, the sand & dirt would rub the pastern, mostly if we were riding through water & dirt (causing a build up on the back of the pastern). My ancient Tennessee Walker used Cavallo boots. He wasn't ridden hard, so they were the better option for him. They were much easier to put on & take off to clean out the dirt. The boots you have pictured look like they're pretty rugged. My only suggestion would be to watch the 'pillow' part for dirt build up in the creases and any cracking of that material that might cause rubs.
  4. We still have some issues to overcome, but overall, he's much better. Thank you (sincerely) for asking.
  5. Tiger Lily ~ I absolutely believe that horses can have a preference for men or women. I believe that they do have memories and can associate past negative experiences with the gender of the person that treated them negatively. I had a horse that definitely preferred men and one that preferred women. And I agree with Jubal on the theory of having men give your mare treats to help win her over. It might show her that kindness can come from anyone.
  6. Were you able to have Oak tested for ulcers yet? If he's reactive to pressure points, it might be worth it to have the vet do a fecal test to see if there's blood in his manure. I've seen some devil horses turn into angels after ulcer treatment. (Although it sounds like Oak's been a bully his whole life.) It might not cure his issue completely, but it might make him a little less grumpy. Good luck!
  7. Thank you! Maybe there is hope. The odd part is that he isn't spooky about 'things'. I have an obstacle course set up here & he took every obstacle with grace the first time we rode it. IF he spooks under saddle, it's just a brace (thankfully) and nothing crazy. I've been thinking about boarding him so he can be with other horses, but there isn't anywhere nearby that I can afford...or that accepts western riders...the other places are over an hour each way. My barn & pasture are really only set up for 1 horse at home. I agree with you about rather having a horse to teach...but having my arm stay in the socket when the vet gives him shots would be nice! Lol!
  8. No, I haven't. Good thought. I will bring it up to the vet the next time he comes out. I worked him on the ground some more today and he did great. He doesn't react negatively to the training stick at all. He even picked it up & played with it when I set it down. He responded to every 'ask' the first time, except once, and he didn't bug out when I asked a little firmer that time. He went back to 'protect mode' when I brushed his mane. After lots of 'head down' work, I was able to brush his forelock. These are the kind of days we have, then tomorrow will be like starting all over again.
  9. I do feel bad that he thinks it's the end of the world all the time, but I don't tippy toe around him. I go about my business as usual. I've had other horses in the past, but he's my only one right now. I know about pressure and release and am always aware of timing. He's not scared of farm machinery or loud noises, he'll stand and watch as a pack of snowmobiles go by, but if you reach up to fix your ponytail the 'protecting' starts. We do have progress during a training session, but the next time I approach him, it's square one all over again. He's also super sensitive when lunging. If I ask him for something and have to go to phase 2 or 'telling' him to do it, he goes into panic mode. He's super broke under saddle. It's just the human contact on the ground that's an issue.
  10. I've had my gelding for 10 months now. He went through at least 1 auction...possibly 2, back to back, then was bounced from owner to owner (a month or so with each person) until I bought him. He had lice, snots, was quite underweight & had severe trust issues when I got him. He's now fat & healthy, but the trust issues remain. I can handle his ears now...if I move slowly. Moving too fast or having an object (like a brush) in my hand causes panic. (Pulling his head away & rolling his eye protectively.) He pulled back and broke a breakaway halter once when I reached up & grabbed the halter too fast. He will relax when I pet his ears, but the second I move my hand too fast or there's some noise around us that brings him out of the 'I like this' daze, the eye rolling & protecting happens again. I've worked with him every day for 10 months. He still flinches the first time I touch him anywhere on his body, he still protects his face or scrambles away if I lift my hand too fast. Wiping sweat off my face or getting the hair out of my eyes seems to be the end of the world for him. Every single time. I've done some desensitizing with him, but he always acts like it's the first time. It's like the movie Groundhog Day. I know every horse is an individual, but I'm wondering if we'll ever have a break through. I have never mistreated him & have actually let him get away with a few little things I wouldn't let any of my other horses get away with because I'm afraid of losing what little ground I've gained. I know that's not good, which is why I'm seeking advice. Any tips? Success stories?
  11. Thank you, Southern Trails! Yes, the templates were from the Horse Saddle Shop. The SQHB template fits nicely, the FQHB is too wide at the bottom. I tried a Fabtron synthetic trail saddle (6 1/2" SQHB) on him with just a thin saddle blanket under it. The angle seemed OK, but the gullet was so tight I could barely squeeze my hand under it. The FQHB/7" gullet I have seems to rest on his spine. My 'go to' saddle is a medium/wide Synergist with a 7" gullet. I love the saddle & it fits him great, but it makes my, um, 'lady parts' go numb. He's supposedly a 13 yr old QH. He's approx 14.3 hh & weighs about 953lbs per weight tape. I don't have many good current body pics of him, these are from Aug/Sept. Someone had recommended an Arab saddle on one of the other horse forums. Not sure what angle those bars are though. Thanks for any help you can give! EDITED TO ADD: Since I posted this, I re-measured him. I made a template of the FQHB saddle (near the center of the saddle). It seems to fit much better now that he's gained weight. (He was perfect weight in the Aug. pictures, but has gained a little weight since then.) The angle at the gullet is right on the medium-wide to wide borderline according to the Wintec gullet measurer I have. I'm thinking I might be able to get away with a 7" FQHB with the right pad. I really like the Fabtron Lady Flex Saddle. Would the flex tree adjust enough for some seasonal weight gain & loss?
  12. I've tried 7" FQHB saddles & 6 1/2" SQHB saddles. After downloading templates, my horse seems to take a SQHB, but is a 7" gullet. Does anyone know of any companies that make this odd combination?
  13. From the album Untitled Album

    This is the brand on Pie's left shoulder. Still trying to find out where he came from!
  14. Hi Megan! Thank you! I've had Pie almost 6 months now. I found him on a Facebook page & had to see him in person. He had lice, snots, thrush, was underweight, very skittish & head shy. He rode great though, so I took the chance on him. (Even though my boyfriend said he was the ugliest horse he'd ever seen. Lol!) Some groceries, dewormer, hoof treatment & TLC brought out a whole new horse. When he shed out, the transformation was complete. The only information I have on him is that he's around 12 yrs old & supposedly QH. The people I bought him from said they got him from a lady in Connecticut that used him as a lesson horse, but he was 'too forward' for the beginners. They think he came through auction before that. I'm still trying to get more information on him myself. He seems very well bred & 'ranchy'. I'd love to know his past. He has a brand on his left shoulder that I've been trying to find online. No luck with that so far. I'm planning on mainly trail riding, but would love to get into cowboy challenges/obstacle courses with him. He has a great mind, I just have to build a practice course & get working on that part! I'm hoping someone will see his picture & recognize him. (No white markings other than a few white hairs above his muzzle, but below where the halter nose piece rests. He does have halter scars on his nose. And the ranch brand...other than that though, no real identifying marks.) ~Stacey
  15. Wow! My Mexican gelding's name was Pazo! (Close to Paco!) There's a place in northern NJ that gets loads of Mexicans in from Missouri every spring. Echo Lake Stables in Newfoundland, NJ. Not sure if that's too far for you, but they do have excellent horses. I checked the Cranbury Horse Auction sale site from NJ to see if there were any pictures of my current horse on there. No luck so far. The people I bought him from are being very secretive about where he came from. He had lice, snots, thrush, was underweight & skittish when I got him. He has a few pretty bad scars on his hind legs too. I know he's had it rough. I'll keep checking other auction sites. Thank you!