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  1. Some things you might consider to up the...

    Some things you might consider to up the difficulty in a 1st level freestyle (I'm done a few of these) - zig-zag leg yield, or LY across the entire length of the arena. Canter lengthening on a...
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    I agree with the others - she is already doing...

    I agree with the others - she is already doing too much. I would never tie a weanling! And lunging or round pen work - well, if you are OK with her being broken down at 6 or 7 :confused: Let her...
  3. I think you missed the context of this post. It...

    I think you missed the context of this post. It is pointing out where a smaller horse has a harder time in a test, since someone else thought that small horses have an advantage. Some movements are...
  4. I think the difference here was whether the...

    I think the difference here was whether the judges were bothered by the head shaking? Or if they could SEE it?
  5. Well, I loved watching the ride - such an awe...

    Well, I loved watching the ride - such an awe inspiring pair! And that piaffe pirouette with the change in direction just gives me chills, it is so beautiful to watch... The reach in his canter...
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    People on Horses makes custom browbands (and...

    People on Horses makes custom browbands (and boots) in all sizes. And they'll make loops big enough for double bridles. They don't charge extra for custom - I haven't had to custom size browbands...
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    Oh, I HOPE this holds up to practice! In the...

    Oh, I HOPE this holds up to practice! In the past few years, I haven't really seen it happen this way over the past few years. That might make it more inviting to stay in the USEF levels...
  8. Years ago, a trainer was lunging my horse w/ the...

    Years ago, a trainer was lunging my horse w/ the throatlatch too loose and the bridle fell off when he shook his head - he held onto the bit and kept trotting in a circle around her, with the bridle...
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    I don't know which shows you all go to, but we...

    I don't know which shows you all go to, but we see the big moving, fancy, athletic horses getting the high scores here - at the rated shows. Some tension, some spooking, those are less of an issue...
  10. That's a good question - they have different...

    That's a good question - they have different trees and saddles for different body types. So while ONE saddle may not fit a body type, another will.
  11. I agree, try the different saddles - the balance...

    I agree, try the different saddles - the balance varies significantly, as does the fit to the horse. Some are built for flat backed horses, others for more dippy backs. I rode in the old style...
  12. As already mentioned, RPS/RPSI has nothing to do...

    As already mentioned, RPS/RPSI has nothing to do w/ Rhinelander - the RPS/I horses are called Zweibrucker (or Zweibruger, or to go really Americanized, Zweiburger, like Hamburger from Zwei). They...
  13. Think of how many more steps they have to do for...

    Think of how many more steps they have to do for a lengthening or a medium or an extended - that much more time to lose balance. And same thing in half pass, they have to maintain the bend and...
  14. I can almost guess as to who the clinician might...

    I can almost guess as to who the clinician might be, and if so, he just likes garrocha. If it is the guy I'm thinking of, he's an excellent horseman who knows how to produce an old style, absolutely...
  15. Just curious - what is the advantage? And does...

    Just curious - what is the advantage? And does that extend to small horses? I think some movements are easier on small horses and some are easier for big horses. Just not sure what the advantage...
  16. You don't need boots that fit, or safety helmets,...

    You don't need boots that fit, or safety helmets, or heck, a decent horse either! But all of these things make for a better riding experience... Thank goodness research has come along that gives us...
  17. I have judged all of them, so I've gone through...

    I have judged all of them, so I've gone through their rules and "mission" and talked to riders and trainers in both cowboy and western dressage. As far as I can tell, the biggest difference...
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    I also have a Prestige girth that works well on...

    I also have a Prestige girth that works well on my current horse. All horses and all girths are slightly different, so it may or may not work. I had a Nunn Finer anatomical girth that worked GREAT...
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    I've owned several short backed horses - it is my...

    I've owned several short backed horses - it is my personal preference. Of course, there are always exceptions to the rule, but IN GENERAL, a longer horse is more supple, and things like half pass...
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    I think some of them are REALLY cute, but they...

    I think some of them are REALLY cute, but they run really big in the calf, so if you have skinny calves (like I do), they will be too baggy to fit under a boot. I do like the rise - so many of the...
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    I think his biggest issue is the lateral quality...

    I think his biggest issue is the lateral quality of his gaits:lol: And some of his changes are quite late behind!
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    Ooooh, sounds like my type of boot! I don't do...

    Ooooh, sounds like my type of boot! I don't do well w/ stiff boots... Currently riding in Ariat Volants.
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    Most dark and light colors are conservative. ...

    Most dark and light colors are conservative. When in doubt, ask the TD at the show, and bring along a spare white pad as a back up;) But navy, gray, black, forest green, are probably acceptable -...
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    Mine are also out 24/7. Well, my accident prone...

    Mine are also out 24/7. Well, my accident prone little mare is locked up in her shelter at night now, but everyone else is out 24/7. Like everyone else, I've had no problems at shows - I tend to...
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    I just have to say - you may xray a lot of horses...

    I just have to say - you may xray a lot of horses to find perfect xrays. It is very common to have minor arthritic spurs in hocks on young horses. My own mare had a small arthritic spur at 3.5. I...
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