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    No specific input on the air bladders, but my...

    No specific input on the air bladders, but my tight-backed mare appears to loooove Black Country's serge panels.

    With horses that are extra particular about their saddles, I think the best thing...
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    Lots of good advice here. One thing that helps me...

    Lots of good advice here. One thing that helps me is to decide in advance what the 'task' is that I'm going to complete without second guessing myself. Afterwards, I give myself permission to analyze...
  3. Marsha Sapp at Southern Oaks just outside...

    Marsha Sapp at Southern Oaks just outside Tallahassee: http://www.southernoaksequestrian.com/

    She is especially good with the sensitive ones, is extremely hard-working, and will put ground...
  4. Tea tree oil! At some point in CA, I bought a...

    Tea tree oil! At some point in CA, I bought a locally made bar of glycerin with tea tree oil in it, and it did seem to help with mold/mildew. (Northern CA, where it rains for 3 months in the...
  5. I had one for several years, bought used, and the...

    I had one for several years, bought used, and the HSLC never seemed to change the color (it was already off white by the time I got it, but didn't darken further). :)
  6. I think they can change to some degree, but some...

    I think they can change to some degree, but some of it is probably just underlying personality--as German Shepherds tend to be more aloof, while many Labs love everybody.

    My 22-year-old TB mare...
  7. I got a covered leather monoflap. Has held up...

    I got a covered leather monoflap. Has held up very well, and is very comfortable and secure.
  8. Lots of good advice here, and I especially like...

    Lots of good advice here, and I especially like TB or not TB?'s post above. I will just add that some horses pull/hang with a bit that is uncomfortable for their mouth shape, which is not an effect...
  9. As others have said, saddles need to be fitted to...

    As others have said, saddles need to be fitted to the working horse, not the horse standing in crossties. The latter is a good start, but sometimes their backs change shape when they are working...
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    It should be easy and inexpensive to find a...

    It should be easy and inexpensive to find a Waterford to try. I used one to hack and sometimes do XC on my older mare, who had a tendency to pull hard out on hacks. The catch is that it's not really...
  11. Thank you, all! I've ordered Quiessence; will see...

    Thank you, all! I've ordered Quiessence; will see how that works and go from there. Also going to add more exercise into her schedule. :)
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    Spirig compared to Prestige

    How does the fit of the Spirig trees compare to the Prestige trees (in general)? The Prestige 2000D with a 35 tree works very well for my young mare; now looking for a jumping saddle and came across...
  13. Supplement recommendations for metabolic pony?

    So we are venturing into the world of ponies! My daughter is five, and we just picked up a little (~12 hands) pony mare for indefinite lease. The pony is wonderful and exactly what I wanted, but is...
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    Has anyone seen this article?...

    Has anyone seen this article? http://www.outsideonline.com/fitness/bodywork/the-fit-list/The-New-Science-of-Concussion-Recovery.html

    I've had at least one concussion where I still have a memory...
  15. It sounds like you need a trainer who can work...

    It sounds like you need a trainer who can work with you two together. No shame in what you're feeling; when my young mare was 4 and 5 I realized she needed a very different ride than I knew how to...
  16. How wide is he below that sharkfin wither? I ask...

    How wide is he below that sharkfin wither? I ask because some horses with that kind of wither need a wider saddle with a cutback pommel, or a panel configuration that will allow for a good fit--I...
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    Resale at a higher price point may be tough, but...

    Resale at a higher price point may be tough, but hopefully you do not need to sell it for a long time! I have a Hastilow jumping saddle I bought used to fit my older mare...she is now retired, and it...
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    I tried the Tex before my older mare reinjured...

    I tried the Tex before my older mare reinjured herself. My take: it's a great XC/foxhunting/galloping saddle. Not great for flatting. It was very comfortable and secure for me when I hiked my...
  19. Long-acting tranquilizer (talk to your vet about...

    Long-acting tranquilizer (talk to your vet about side effects) and Gastrogard. Both of my normally sane mares become nutcases when they have ulcer flare-ups. I needed the long-acting tranq to rehab...
  20. The sudden-onset behavior you describe sounds...

    The sudden-onset behavior you describe sounds very much like how my older mare presented years ago. Vet actually thought at first it was muscle spasm and/or stifles (mare had a history of slightly...
  21. Since I'm 7 months pregnant, may I join you? I...

    Since I'm 7 months pregnant, may I join you? I should add that I have a coming-7-year-old mare, plus my retired girl, and only time to ride 1, so even once I'm riding again, I really cannot take on...
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    What joiedevie said, mostly. Have shipped my...

    What joiedevie said, mostly.

    Have shipped my mare cross country twice by commercial shipper. Both (Bob Hubbard and Equine Express) fed alfalfa hay by default, and provided it (I didn't have to). I...
  23. My mare had a liver abscess that presented first...

    My mare had a liver abscess that presented first as mild colic. Had vet out first time around and treated as colic. A few days later it recurred, she was acting much quieter than normal, and fever...
  24. My mare had a liver abscess that presented first...

    My mare had a liver abscess that presented first as mild colic. Had vet out first time around and treated as colic. A few days later it recurred, she was acting much quieter than normal, and fever...
  25. I used to have some material printed out but...

    I used to have some material printed out but haven't been able to dig it up again.

    Here are some links that may be useful, though, for specific exercises and information:
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