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    BEST The Corrector pad. Because of this pad I...

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    The Corrector pad. Because of this pad I can still use my ancient saddles on the horses I ride. Without the Corrector the horses refuse to extend out at all, with the Corrector under the...
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    I have MS. I often ride when I am scared of...

    I have MS. I often ride when I am scared of getting up on the horse, in fact to think on it I feel fear each time I mount. I keep on riding because I am MUCH more scared of not riding at all. My...
  3. I have a hypothesis that our domesticated/pet...

    I have a hypothesis that our domesticated/pet animals domesticated US when they learned how good scratches from human fingers felt.

    No humans--no wonderful scratches. No getting those pesky...
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    My steady first horse had dramatic transformation...

    My steady first horse had dramatic transformation to a mindless maniac that I finally decided was probably related to his eyesight deteriorating. All of a sudden he started shying whenever a car...
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    About keys and wallets riding. I lock my car...

    About keys and wallets riding.
    I lock my car when at the stable so I need a key to get back into it.
    If I can carry my (small) wallet I have 1) money to pay for my riding and 2) my health insurance...
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    Multiple Sclerosis, Exacerbation

    I had an MS exacerbation (attack) starting 12-30-2013. Due to many reasons I could not do the coricosteroids so I treated it with homeopathy.
    Due to complications in my life and due to the awful...
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    Makers of breeches and riding tights, I may be a...

    Makers of breeches and riding tights, I may be a woman but I NEED pockets on my pants!!!! Big enough pockets for keys, wallets or change purse, hankies, maybe a folding hoof pick, and of course for...
  8. I have noticed that at least some horses get...

    I have noticed that at least some horses get "addicted" to praise. Lots and lots of praise when they do something right at first (as in the first step of what you want, build up gradually with even...
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    Back in the days when jumping 4' was normal for...

    Back in the days when jumping 4' was normal for adult riders (through the 1970's), the horses developed a lot of ring bone. Beginners were jumping 3' to 3'6" back then too.

    I think that the best...
  10. Even school horses deserve to be ridden by a good...

    Even school horses deserve to be ridden by a good rider. You may be surprised at the level of response you get if you are a decent rider.
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    I always found the bit straps that came with the...

    I always found the bit straps that came with the Micklem were too SHORT. I replaced them with cut down flash noseband straps and I have had no further problems.
  12. Thread: Spurs

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    I use the Spursuaders, and the super-finicky...

    I use the Spursuaders, and the super-finicky mares I ride don't seem to mind them at all when I use them. These are the only effective spurs I've worn riding that my riding teacher has not taken off...
  13. 5'3ish- I prefer 14.2 or under. I have ridden...

    5'3ish- I prefer 14.2 or under. I have ridden horses from 12.2 to 18.2 and the heighth of horse that fits me best is 14 to 15 hands.
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    I tried the Mylers (4 different types) on 3...

    I tried the Mylers (4 different types) on 3 horses. None of the horses liked them, and the mare with the most sensitive mouth hated them the most.
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    Bitless bridles have brakes, you just have to...

    Bitless bridles have brakes, you just have to give the hand aid differently.
    DO NOT HAVE A CONSTANT PULL. If you pull hard the skin will numb up and the horse will use you like a fifth leg OR the...
  16. Those properly made OLD saddles? Those old...

    Those properly made OLD saddles? Those old Stubbens with rock hard seats? The padding under the seat leather has worn out and I, at least, ended up sitting on the saddle tree. Exquisitely painful....
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    I've had hip bursitis for decades. Mine is/was...

    I've had hip bursitis for decades. Mine is/was not as severe as yours. I did wake up every morning with my hips hurting and me hobbling until I warmed up.

    What really helped my pain was the Back...
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    Hi Wellspotted, It was 5 years for me, and I...

    Hi Wellspotted,
    It was 5 years for me, and I owned riding horses at that time (MS).
    I finally begged at regular riding stables (concentration 4-H/hunt seat) for lessons, just 30 minutes and I can't...
  19. Hi Paula, If you have the luxury I would not...

    Hi Paula,
    If you have the luxury I would not automatically sell the EZ-fit saddle. There is no guarantee that this new saddle that fits Fella now will fit him after 6 months or a year of correct...
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    I do not know if this will help but: I got...

    I do not know if this will help but:

    I got terrible pain down there time when I was pregnant and rode in my deepest seat (Stubben Siegfried) saddle. I had no such problems with my 1" smaller...
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    I have been using Corrector pads for around 6-7...

    I have been using Corrector pads for around 6-7 years. Everything I am about to say is on other people's horses with the full and continuing consent of the horses' owners & my riding teacher.
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  22. Thanks for showing this Chebeau! I am currently...

    Thanks for showing this Chebeau! I am currently riding a 27 yr old cranky arthritic Arab mare. She has ended up disliking each and every bitless system I've tried on her, sometimes immediately,...
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    40 some years ago, in desperation, I started...

    40 some years ago, in desperation, I started rasping my horse's toes down. Several years down the road I got the book "Horshoeing Theory and Hoof Care", got myself a hoof knife and my trimming...
  24. I have Multiple Sclerosis, I do not have a...

    I have Multiple Sclerosis, I do not have a proprioceptive sense and my balance is pretty bad. I am also very weak. I mostly ride in a 43 yr old Stubben Siegfried.

    Recently I switched my saddle...
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    I READ a lot about riding. All blessings on...

    I READ a lot about riding. All blessings on Amazon, because of them I now have all those obscure dressage books that I read about but never saw in the 1960's and 1970's. I now have piles of them,...
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