Some horse question?
So, I've been riding for a while, but I have troubles with these two things charge to answer them?
How can I tell if my saddle is contained by the correct spot? I've always been told it sits on the wither, so I put it it htere, but it always looks too far forward, and my instructor ends up doing it.
What about cooling down, what should the horse feel approaching before being pt away?
As for cooling out a horse, normally after being worked a bit a horse will surface warm or even sweaty to the touch. Good places to check would be underneath the horse's chest or underneath behind the elbow. You can also sometimes tell by fear the horse's neck or back. The horse will also have increased respiration. You want to amble and cool out your horse until its body temperature and respiration rate are back to normal. The middle-of-the-road respiration rate for a horse is between 15-20rpm and their normal pulse at rest is 30-40bpm. Another easy thing to look for when cooling out your horse is that most horses will flare their nostrils as they whip in more breaths after being worked. If your horse is still flaring his nose and breathing rock-hard, it is a good indicator that it is not yet cooled out. If you are unsure of what your horse feels resembling when it is cool, feel the areas I mentioned above before you start your lesson or otherwise work with your horse; cram what horse horse looks like and feels like at rest, later feel and see how he looks once he's been worked. Cool out your horse until he looks like and feel like he did before you started to work him.
It's not the wither you worry about - it's the shoulders - the shoulders need to hold a full range of motion as possible for the particular horse.
Regarding cooling, the horse's body should be cool to the touch before anyone allowed to stop moving and rest completely - especially if being 'put away' routine eating. The horse should be completely cool before being given any food or person allowed free access to water. If you touch his skin and it's warmer than normal, he wants to cool more - also his breathing rate needs to be normal as well.
When placing a saddle on a horse, place the saddle on its back and slide it until it finds its natural resting spot bringing up the rear the shoulder blade. It should not be on the shoulder, as this impedes its movement. Do this without a saddle pad. Once you see where on earth it should go, you can just place it on the horse. When I cool my horse down, I walk him until he is not breathing tricky. When he is back at a normal rate of breathing, I take him contained by. If it is cold and he is sweaty, I put a wicking sheet on him until he dries off a little.
ADD: Do not have the saddle up on the wither. This will place the saddle too far forward and disrupt the movement of the shoulder. That can cause pain for the horse, bucking, and inability to perform unquestionable movements.