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  1. I just punch a few "half holes" on each leather. ...

    I just punch a few "half holes" on each leather.

    I have stirrup leathers decades old with lots of "half holes" decorating them. These leathers are of uneven lenths. I still use them.
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    Thank you Manni. The second video especially,...

    Thank you Manni. The second video especially, for once I am seeing on video what I read in the old masters on how to do proper contact with a dressage horse, poll highest, light contact, the horses...
  3. My now ex-neurologist made it painfully clear...

    My now ex-neurologist made it painfully clear that prescribing the Dronabinol (the pharmaceutical drug that worked) was going to end after a few months. This neurologist also pooh-poohed ALL my...
  4. I just started riding a horse that has some of...

    I just started riding a horse that has some of your listed symptoms, thankfully nowhere near as bad.

    This horse is head/ear shy on the left side so I put the Back on Track poll cap on him and he...
  5. Thank you all for your responses, they really...

    Thank you all for your responses, they really helped me get out of my funk.

    Good news today, for the first time in over 6 months I walked to my mailbox and back, over 1,200 feet! Just three days...
  6. My Neurologist Demands I Cripple Myself

    I apologize for the novel.

    I have MS. I was diagnosed in 1993. Since then I have tried 3 MS drugs, Betasaron, Copaxone, and Gilenya. Betasaron disabled me (I was working full time, 60 mile...
  7. I no longer own horses, so I ended up riding...

    I no longer own horses, so I ended up riding other people's horses. I use my own saddles (46 yr. old Stubben Siegfried Extra Forward and 38 yr. old Crosby Wide Front) which were considered wide when...
  8. I have successfully used just plain lard, the...

    I have successfully used just plain lard, the stuff you can get in grocery stores.

    WARNING: keep the lard away from metal and rubber. It seems to cause corrosion with the metal (green gunk) and...
  9. Why don't you name her after your favorite flower?

    Why don't you name her after your favorite flower?
  10. If your daughter has flexible ankles she may find...

    If your daughter has flexible ankles she may find the slope of the off-set stirrups to be uncomfortable. I had to put a Chifney bit snap in the eye of the stirrup to lessen the slope.

    If you put...
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    Pockets, either a bigger pocket, or more pockets,...

    Pockets, either a bigger pocket, or more pockets, preferably both. I also want deeper pockets.

    Full seats, I love your deerskin full seats. I would adore you forever if you could get the...
  12. The Polish Arabian stud farms have been under...

    The Polish Arabian stud farms have been under government supervision since the USSR dragged Poland into Communism. During this time the stud managers have both saved the Polish Arabian bloodlines...
  13. Am I the only one that sees set tails as phallic...

    Am I the only one that sees set tails as phallic symbols?

    Maybe this could be a path to getting people to not view them favorably--as in "you are only setting the tails to shore up your...
  14. One of the mares I ride does this. Often I think...

    One of the mares I ride does this. Often I think it is to resettle the saddle on her back.

    I get into two-point and loosen my knees and leg grip, and I also grab her mane. If I do not loosen my...
  15. I worked some on a horse that would unexpectedly...

    I worked some on a horse that would unexpectedly bolt. Nothing would stop this behavior. After I rode him several times I noticed that his worst bolts happened when he saw something scary out of...
  16. Now that I am in my sixties I find myself deeply...

    Now that I am in my sixties I find myself deeply regretting that the long hooves and set tails turned me away from the ASBs back in the mid 1960's.

    Nowadays, when my teacher and I discuss...
  17. My first horse was an angel from heaven. I could...

    My first horse was an angel from heaven.
    I could to into a HUGE pasture without even a piece of baling twine, touch him, and he would follow me in. He would stand untied for grooming and tacking...
  18. "Common Sense Horsemanship" by Vladimir Littauer....

    "Common Sense Horsemanship" by Vladimir Littauer. This book got me into the Forward Seat, which I am still riding decades later even though, since I have MS, I no longer jump or gallop.

    "The Way...
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    Yep, mood swings when getting a stallion. ...

    Yep, mood swings when getting a stallion. Perfectly normal, I suspect that even experienced breeders get the same type of mood swings when they change course with a new stallion.

    Right now, along...
  20. I've ridden barefoot horses for over 40 years...

    I've ridden barefoot horses for over 40 years (putting on shoes when needed.)

    I have had the most problems with soreness just after farrier trims. IF a farrier just goes ahead and trims the hoof...
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    When I was looking on Ebay for Prussian sided...

    When I was looking on Ebay for Prussian sided offset stirrups I kept running into WESTERN offset stirrups, and there were lots more of the Western offsets than the English offset stirrups! But no...
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    The BIG problem with grooms is that they have to...

    The BIG problem with grooms is that they have to care about the horse. The BIG problem with riders/trainers is that they have to be willing to listen to the groom, or to the horse.

    That said I...
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    I do not know if this would apply at all. ...

    I do not know if this would apply at all.

    Several times my first horse would literally disappear under me, usually on the trail. I finally realized he only did this when I was trying to RELAX my...
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    Hi princessfluffybreeches, thanks for the...

    Hi princessfluffybreeches, thanks for the complement, but I am hardly one to teach the finer points of dressage, since I don't ride it.

    A thought on flexions. In the American Forward Seat system...
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    You might really enjoy reading "The Way to...

    You might really enjoy reading "The Way to Perfect Horsemanship" by Udo Burger. This was the book that showed me the way to true lightness in riding and soft, effective communication with the horse....
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