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    One saddle will not fit all horses. Your best bet...

    One saddle will not fit all horses. Your best bet is to buy one with a medium/wide tree and invest in a saddle pad that has shims. If the saddle is too wide, you can use shims to make it wider,...
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    My experience is that once your horse is mature...

    My experience is that once your horse is mature and in steady work, they don't change shape that much. I have my saddles checked every 6 months and it's rare that they need work. yes, wool compresses...
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    Exactly. You need to know the tree size . . . and...

    Exactly. You need to know the tree size . . . and different manufacturers measure their trees differently. If you buy on eBay you need to really dial down all the parameters. As Rugbug said, even...
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    That's why I'm not selling there any more either....

    That's why I'm not selling there any more either. It's a shame, because I have a tackroom full of saddles that I'd like to move along. And I think there are fewer people selling on ebay not because...
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    I've bought many saddles on eBay. Only one was...

    I've bought many saddles on eBay. Only one was not as described and I sent it back.

    Great deals on eBay. I've bought saddles that retailed for over 4K for less than 1K and they've been just fine....
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    I am sorry you are going through this. It is a...

    I am sorry you are going through this. It is a completely understandable and rational response to what you went through.

    I think that taking a self defense class is a good idea for the long term....
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    Yes, but you are having chronic problems with...

    Yes, but you are having chronic problems with thrush. At the very least, use a program like www.feedxl.com to plug in what you're feeding and see if there are any nutritional "holes".

    If you are...
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    http://www.understanding-horse-nutrition.com/equin...

    http://www.understanding-horse-nutrition.com/equine-thrush.html






    http://www.thehorse.com/articles/20341/thwarting-thrush
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    I applaud you for wanting to be a "better...

    I applaud you for wanting to be a "better boarder." Having read the entire thread, it's very possible that this barn is not the best one for you. To be a good boarder, you need to go into a barn with...
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    Chair seat is generally caused when the stirrup...

    Chair seat is generally caused when the stirrup bars are set too far forward for your conformation. Sometimes you can fix it by putting a bit of rubber tubing on the bar (in front of your leathers)...
  11. Sometimes even having a dog along can help. My...

    Sometimes even having a dog along can help. My mare once got to a very scary bridge and wouldn't budge until my dog walked over it in front of her. Then she happily followed him!
  12. Agree with all that's been said. I've had several...

    Agree with all that's been said. I've had several OTTBs that I introduced to trails and while they were very brave around backhoes and other equipment, ducks, chipmunks and rustling leaves were...
  13. It doesn't matter. "C" accepted the horse. I...

    It doesn't matter. "C" accepted the horse.

    I usually have my own vet review any film from a PPE (even if it's done out of state) because I trust him and he knows my intended use.
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    That would knock out some high end English...

    That would knock out some high end English saddles (like Tad Coffin) which push their "special" pads hard to ensure proper fit. I thought if you were spending $5K plus on a saddle that it should fit...
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    Personally, I prefer something that has a gullet...

    Personally, I prefer something that has a gullet and a bit more stability. My favorite trail riding saddle (for long low key rides) is a Ghost. Not hugely expensive but very stable and with the...
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    All good points about what to look for. My...

    All good points about what to look for.

    My horses each live on about 3 acres with one buddy. The turnout buddies were carefully chosen and they exist peacefully in their shed with no one excluded....
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    It depends on your horse. My two horses do better...

    It depends on your horse. My two horses do better when they live out with access to a turnout shed. Some horses like their stalls. One of my horses absolutely hates being in a stall (cribs, weaves,...
  18. I doubt that anything in your supplements would...

    I doubt that anything in your supplements would cause the problems that you are seeing.

    Vitamin E is a good suggestion, and I concur that you need to feed the natural version of E; the synthetic...
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    If you have the horse's show record and name,...

    If you have the horse's show record and name, surely you have the rider/owner/trainer who competed the horse?

    If the horse has been shipped to a sales barn for sale, I would ask to speak to the...
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    I have gone back and forth on treeless saddles...

    I have gone back and forth on treeless saddles myself. I, too, was an early adopter and while I never owned an Ansur, I've owned a Barefoot, a Torsion, a Freeform, a Heather Moffett (that's a...
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    I do not think you are too big for a treeless...

    I do not think you are too big for a treeless saddle. I'm almost six feet tall and pushing 200 lbs and I trail ride in a ghost saddle with the ghost pad. It's incredibly comfortable. My saddle fitter...
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    You can also feed soaked alfalfa cubes (long stem...

    You can also feed soaked alfalfa cubes (long stem forage) or pellets as a way to add a new kind of forage to your horse's diet. There are also some interesting compressed hays, but they are generally...
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    Just shorten your stirrups :cool:.

    Just shorten your stirrups :cool:.
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    Ride your horses for fun. It may involve...

    Ride your horses for fun. It may involve dressage, but there's nothing wrong with taking a hack in the woods if you have trails nearby.

    When you're ready, go to clinics and find a trainer whose...
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    The video was so hard to watch that I couldn't...

    The video was so hard to watch that I couldn't really evaluate his gaits. I would want to know how much work he's had since he left the track and when the video was taken. His last race was 11/27/15...
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