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  1. So many things! Most of it boils down to putting...

    So many things! Most of it boils down to putting up with my and my horse's quirks! Most recently, I'm especially grateful that she remained super calm and carted my butt to the ER when I got bucked...
  2. YES. This is how I think he got me! In my...

    YES. This is how I think he got me! In my jumping tack I can do all of these crazy ninja moves to get back on. I've made some pretty impossible saves in my life - shimmying my way back into the...
  3. They are honestly not all that long. Plus, I had...

    They are honestly not all that long. Plus, I had been gradually lengthening them even before I got the dressage saddle. Although I've had the saddle 5-6 months, I've been taking exclusively...
  4. I did consider that he might be ulcery, but I...

    I did consider that he might be ulcery, but I think it is more likely that I was just missing his "tell" this time that he was too fresh. The horses were in the two days prior (and he had not been...
  5. Yeah, I also wasn't expecting it this time. I...

    Yeah, I also wasn't expecting it this time. I had already been riding for about 20 minutes and did not realize this was bubbling under the surface. I usually know what I've got.
  6. Thanks for the feedback, guys. To respond to the...

    Thanks for the feedback, guys. To respond to the person who asked: it is a Schleese HK which is custom fitted to him and me. My jumping saddle is/was a County Stabilizer, which is pretty minimal...
  7. Easier to get bucked off in a dressage saddle vs. a jumping saddle?

    I got bucked off HARD yesterday. Concussion, trip to the ER, etc. I recently switched from hunters to dressage. I've ridden out this kind of bucking from him in a jumping saddle many times, but he...
  8. It indicates a RF lameness. Ocean of Nuance is...

    It indicates a RF lameness. Ocean of Nuance is incorrect about the head bob indicators for lameness. Others here have it correct. I can't recall if this has been done already, but if this were my...
  9. I agree with flyracing that the horse is lame on...

    I agree with flyracing that the horse is lame on the RF in the video. He looks short behind as well, but that might be compensatory (or the RF might be compensatory for the hind end lameness). A...
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    I would put money on this horse being in pain or...

    I would put money on this horse being in pain or discomfort of some kind. You really need a vet to look at him, especially before you attempt to up the pressure while riding him even more. ...
  11. I have some! These are from a few places, but...

    I have some! These are from a few places, but mostly from the same place (none are from where I currently board, thankfully!):

    Don't aggressively lunge a horse that is colicking, especially...
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    I'll preface this by saying that I wouldn't care...

    I'll preface this by saying that I wouldn't care what someone else's arrangement is - if the horse's owner is fine with the lessee calling the horse "hers," then that would be fine by me. Even if...
  13. A cheap thing to try is a mohair girth. My...

    A cheap thing to try is a mohair girth. My girthy horse really liked his mohair girth when he was going through a particularly rough patch after a girth over tightening incident that left him with...
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    Well...I grew up showing hunters, and spent about...

    Well...I grew up showing hunters, and spent about 25 years in hunter/jumper barns, riding with hunter/jumper trainers. Some better than others, in multiple states. My experience in the industry is...
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    I know it is kind of controversial, but I do...

    I know it is kind of controversial, but I do allow my horse to stop to poop. He never tries to stop when we are trotting or cantering - always waits until we are walking and then will come to a halt...
  16. This is a good point. My horse had one shoulder...

    This is a good point. My horse had one shoulder substantially larger than the other. Between getting my Schleese (which was adjusted for his shoulder difference) and my next fitting, his...
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    I body clip a small strip in the girth area,...

    I body clip a small strip in the girth area, which makes that area easier to keep clean. Then I do the best I can currying the belly daily (which still leaves it a sticky mess, honestly). Then any...
  18. I second Schleese. Because their saddles are so...

    I second Schleese. Because their saddles are so fully adjustable, the right combination of correct make and model plus refined adjustment by a Schleese fitter will work for almost any horse.
  19. Are you sure about the recovery time on the...

    Are you sure about the recovery time on the appendectomy? I had mine out years ago, and I horse showed 4 days later. Did it rupture or something? If not, I think you are wrong about how long it...
  20. Vasoline. Works every time.

    Vasoline. Works every time.
  21. Pretty much exactly this. You basically have...

    Pretty much exactly this.

    You basically have to get the horse very supple, over a period of years, not weeks or months. But it does work. The horse probably won't ever be a "big" mover, but can...
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    I live in WI, where the actual air temperature...

    I live in WI, where the actual air temperature (without accounting for wind chill) is frequently in the negatives. I have tried a ton of winter riding gloves, and found the SSG Winter Training...
  23. Vegetable oil is almost always 100% soybean oil,...

    Vegetable oil is almost always 100% soybean oil, actually. If you look on the label of most vegetable oils you can buy at the grocery store, it typically says, "Contents: soybean oil."
  24. One of the reasons I'm not especially keen on...

    One of the reasons I'm not especially keen on riding/handling others nor on having others ride my horse is liability concerns (on both sides). I have an umbrella policy that provides some coverage...
  25. My gelding plainly prefers men to women, unless...

    My gelding plainly prefers men to women, unless the woman is me. It is very obvious with barn workers and with vets.

    I've always wondered if it was because all of his track connections were...
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