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  1. Yep, I've got one of those. At four he still...

    Yep, I've got one of those. At four he still looked like a yearling - narrow, awkward, baby expression on his face, hard time focusing. Not much better at five, just a little taller and less...
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    Well, here is one more whose riding and teaching...

    Well, here is one more whose riding and teaching were changed by Mary. Way back in the early 90's I was trying to retrain a 17.2 h horse who had been going in very tiny shoes and to compensate for...
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    Most of my horses have a forward girth groove. ...

    Most of my horses have a forward girth groove. Crossing the billets puts the girth in the right place and prevents pulling the saddle up onto the shoulders. I've done it for years.
  4. I use different ones on different horses, but...

    I use different ones on different horses, but here is my solution to the forward girth groove: I adjust the back V-billet so that I can cross the back billet over the front one. Then I can use any...
  5. I do not put that strap over the girth. All of...

    I do not put that strap over the girth. All of my horses have a forward girth groove so that strap hangs behind the girth anyway. I do like having it to secure the flaps, but you don't have to have...
  6. Did anyone read his response to a critic? His...

    Did anyone read his response to a critic? His profanity is as impressive as his technique.
  7. I've had two like that. Both had passed...

    I've had two like that. Both had passed extensive vet exams. It turned out that one had EPSM and one had serious chiropractic problems. When they were fixed physically it took awhile for them to...
  8. Thread: PSSM

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    I have a Dutch/TB mare with PSSM. It took me...

    I have a Dutch/TB mare with PSSM. It took me about two years to figure out what was wrong with her. Her gaits became shorter and shorter, she had no energy, and refused to canter either on the lunge...
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    Great idea! Thanks!

    Great idea! Thanks!
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    I have the opposite problem. Last year I made...

    I have the opposite problem. Last year I made all of my students these unique under-helmet ear warmers. They turned out to be such a huge hit that people are still begging me to start making and...
  11. I'd been riding in Wintec Isabells for years, and...

    I'd been riding in Wintec Isabells for years, and totally love them for me and for the many varied horses I ride. But I decided that I wanted to get a really nice leather saddle for once, so I tried...
  12. I am a trainer with another job as well as...

    I am a trainer with another job as well as teaching and managing the entire farm, boarders and lesson horses. There is only so much of me to go around, so I fill a certain numbers of hours and then...
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    I don't know of a trainer support group, although...

    I don't know of a trainer support group, although I would join one if I did. But imagine how it would be for these horses if you weren't advocating for them! I know it seems futile sometimes, but...
  14. Lots of good ideas above, especially the idea...

    Lots of good ideas above, especially the idea that you may be shutting him down by clamping with your legs and tightening your hips. But here's one more idea - have him checked out by a good...
  15. Using your leg when you are at the top of the...

    Using your leg when you are at the top of the post is just a hair late. You want the horse to start reaching sideways with the inside hind as soon as it starts to leave the ground.
  16. Just not as much response to the sideways aid.

    Just not as much response to the sideways aid.
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    OH, you have my mare! We started out with big...

    OH, you have my mare! We started out with big curling problems, and she would go forward fast but not reach into the bit. She was also not comfortable with any contact at all. As soon as you...
  18. More like just as you are starting to come up in...

    More like just as you are starting to come up in your post. But I find the timing easier to think of using my leg right after I feel the inside hind on the ground.You have more reaction time and use...
  19. I have one about that length and it drives me...

    I have one about that length and it drives me crazy! I keep sitting on it in the saddle and it keeps me from moving. Ride in it once and if it does that to you have it shortened so it just touches...
  20. OP, I think the slight change in the seat might...

    OP, I think the slight change in the seat might make a difference for you. Worth trying it.
  21. I have ridden in the older Isabels for years and...

    I have ridden in the older Isabels for years and love them. After deciding to move one of my Isabels into my lesson program I was looking for a new saddle for myself, and rode in quite a few...
  22. I recently acquired a horse who the owners said...

    I recently acquired a horse who the owners said was dead in the mouth - pulling all the time, and had no work ethic. I immediatelly saw what the problem was - her hips were locked and she could not...
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    JB, I agree that a shim is definitely not the...

    JB, I agree that a shim is definitely not the answer in this particular case. In addition to not solving the problem I think it would alter the balance of the saddle.
    I have felt all along the...
  24. The SL and SLK are different models of Albion...

    The SL and SLK are different models of Albion saddles.
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    Thank you, JB. Her back is very flat when looked...

    Thank you, JB. Her back is very flat when looked at from the side, but with a decent wither. She is fairly close coupled, but she is a big mare (17h.) and has plenty of room for a longer saddle. ...
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