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    Hey Lucky, she's not leaning in the way that the...

    Hey Lucky, she's not leaning in the way that the horses I've known to be helped by a running will lean. She's not a DEDICATED leaner, if that makes sense. and she's got no tendency to get above the...
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    Thanks for your thoughts! I do canter regularly...

    Thanks for your thoughts! I do canter regularly on a few different horses, who pretty much run the gamut of size and experience. I don't have experience on other drafty, heavy in front, downhill type...
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    No doubt! lol I'm an inveterate overthinker too....

    No doubt! lol I'm an inveterate overthinker too. I quit riding in my late teens but I remember too well when my answer to just about everything was "GO!!!" The Irish supposedly have a saying, "Stay...
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    Thanks, Paradox! This is exactly what I need to...

    Thanks, Paradox! This is exactly what I need to do and just can't. It seems to be stemming from long ago, when she fell 3-4 times with me (tripped over her own feet) at the trot and walk. (And yes, I...
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    that's great advice! :)

    that's great advice! :)
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    Hi Tiger Horse, we have worked with her on the...

    Hi Tiger Horse, we have worked with her on the longe and in side reins. That took a bit of the scary off. But a point came where she really just needed to get the miles with a rider, even if she lost...
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    And yeah, to rub a little salt in my wound, this...

    And yeah, to rub a little salt in my wound, this mare is perfectly capable of cantering around with beginners. She doesn't always maintain, she'll break, but she's NEVER done anything wrong. It's...
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    Yeah, canter is not her gait, that's for sure....

    Yeah, canter is not her gait, that's for sure. The other half of the cross is TB, but in most respects she's more draft. Can she improve? Absolutely - if she's ridden right :)

    I think the problem...
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    help with canter nerves?

    ok, re-riding peeps, I'm in need of some advice. Ever had a horse whose canter just gives you a terrible case of nerves? First off, I'm a cantering fool, so this is very new for me. There's some...
  10. Thanks to you both so much! I think the plan is...

    Thanks to you both so much! I think the plan is pretty much to bring everything imaginable in the car, but if the parking is that far away (it sounds like it must be much more of a walk than at...
  11. Thanks! We've got tickets to the champagne lunch;...

    Thanks! We've got tickets to the champagne lunch; haven't seen the wine tasting but I'm sure if it's there we'll find it.

    Do you remember how the seating worked for dressage and sj? Bleachers?...
  12. packing list for The Fork - recommendations?

    (for spectators) What would you bring? We have VIP tent tickets, do we still need lawn chairs? That kind of thing. Advice would be much appreciated!
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    Thanks much Chisamba. Slippage has always been a...

    Thanks much Chisamba. Slippage has always been a problem with him - or something that tends to happen anyway. When he was younger he didn't seem to care.

    Most feedback I'm getting seems to say,...
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    Thanks! He's a tricky fit somehow (fit can look...

    Thanks! He's a tricky fit somehow (fit can look good but after you ride in a couple months he's just demonstrably less happy) so this really argues for changing nothing - he's been pleased as punch...
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    Bates Isabel & Wintec Isabel

    I'm currently using a borrowed Wintec Isabel and was thinking of buying, but I've found a Bates Isabel (leather :)) for a really good price. Same seat size. However, there's no trial or return on it....
  16. mortebella, I was going to say the Isabell...

    mortebella, I was going to say the Isabell doesn't look anything like the Pro, but I've just seen the current ones on Dover's website and they look almost exactly alike to me. Weird. The older ones...
  17. Some of you folks with plenty of Wintec...

    Some of you folks with plenty of Wintec experience, give me the benefit of your thoughts on this: I've been borrowing a Wintec that's about 5 years old, I think it's an Isabell but doesn't look like...
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    Yes.

    Yes.
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    Here's a subsequent question: how much you find...

    Here's a subsequent question: how much you find rein stops help to avoid "throwing away" your outside rein?
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    funny example

    Ok, so I was just walking with a cup of coffee in my hand, and a bottled water (with the top on) in the other. Without thinking about it, the hand with the coffee stayed still, while the hand with...
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    PossumHorse, thanks so much for this. We're doing...

    PossumHorse, thanks so much for this. We're doing a lot of exactly this in my lessons, and my instructor is very much, "Be patient, this is improving, it takes time," but I get worried that I'm not...
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    And let me see if I've got this better now,...

    And let me see if I've got this better now, thinking about the wheelbarrow: if you have equal contact both sides of the mouth, if you give with the inside rein and DON'T CHANGE anything on the...
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    These are great! Hand stays firm, elbow gives. I...

    These are great! Hand stays firm, elbow gives. I think I can remember that :) And what a great example the wheelbarrow is!
  24. Let's say the answer to the above question about...

    Let's say the answer to the above question about hips and leg is "NO!" especially in the flexibility department. what exercises would you suggest for fixing your seat?

    Hoping my hand will...
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    I'm sooooo glad to hear this happens to others,...

    I'm sooooo glad to hear this happens to others, too!

    Can anybody clue me as to how to stay connected and steady on the outside without counter-bending? I understand I need some inside leg, but I...
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