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    I think with most brands of saddles it really...

    I think with most brands of saddles it really comes down to the fitter. Your best bet is to buy a saddle brand that 1. your trainer rides in and hopefully is sponsored by and 2. that several other...
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    I had a Custom Icon Flight monoflap, had it made...

    I had a Custom Icon Flight monoflap, had it made for my mare. Loved the saddle. It was one of the older ones.

    I could not get it right for my gelding. It rocked on him. Could not get the fitter...
  3. I agree with purpinurpl. If you haven't...

    I agree with purpinurpl.

    If you haven't spent time around WP horses, you can't even imagine how they carry themselves. The horse probably does not even canter - they often do a four beat...
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    I have competed a pinto/Arab cross, a KWPN, a...

    I have competed a pinto/Arab cross, a KWPN, a Hann cross and now a QH.

    Without a doubt the warmbloods were the easiest and built for the job. You can make any horse a dressage horse (I am doing...
  5. I always walk towards the judge and thank them...

    I always walk towards the judge and thank them before leaving the arena.

    At a rated show you would not want to approach the judge and start having a conversation.
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    I do it all the time, but I have been at this for...

    I do it all the time, but I have been at this for about s million years :)

    But you need to clinic with clinicians who are on the same page as your regular trainer.
  7. Honestly I would just save up and get the saddle...

    Honestly I would just save up and get the saddle that works.
  8. So we have WP shows at my barn and I have seen a...

    So we have WP shows at my barn and I have seen a fair amount of the training. Pretty much the polar opposite of all things dressage.

    But nothing is impossible, you just have to find the right...
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    Saddle pad colors "conservative" is a dicey...

    Saddle pad colors "conservative" is a dicey description.

    Generally you see white, navy, black, dark brown, cream, grey. I wouldn't stray much from that honestly - my general theory is not to...
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    Well, my Exploding Pony never got over that sort...

    Well, my Exploding Pony never got over that sort of thing. Exposing him actually made it worse. He just had to work, on the bit and forward, keeping his little pea brain focused.

    All the lunging...
  11. It's a total non-issue. Most of us know most of...

    It's a total non-issue. Most of us know most of the judges in one capacity or another.

    But what you do need to do is follow the rulebook in regards to your trainer if she is a judge. Check the...
  12. My trainer says that I meet resistance and then...

    My trainer says that I meet resistance and then back off instead of working through it. Pretty much sounds like you are in the same place.

    If you are getting advice from Schumacher - I woukd take...
  13. Last I checked the rules, training and first...

    Last I checked the rules, training and first could be legally ridden in a short court at a rated show. That may have changed though - it pretty much almost never happens.
  14. I had an Albion SLK and loved it. Kicking myself...

    I had an Albion SLK and loved it. Kicking myself for selling it frankly.

    My opinion about saddles is this: you can do an enormous amount of damage to a horse's back with the wrong saddle.
  15. I assume she wants to compete in the All Breeds....

    I assume she wants to compete in the All Breeds. But you can certainly compete a horse that someone else owns (though there are additional fees if owner is not a member of all the associations). It...
  16. I'll join in as I often have this conversation...

    I'll join in as I often have this conversation with myself.

    I board at a multi-discipline facility, mostly western, and it can be hard. I have my long time BNT come about 6 times a month, so the...
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    I'm sure Omaha is a lovely place, but I can't...

    I'm sure Omaha is a lovely place, but I can't imagine my husband would happily tag along as he does for trips to Vegas, San Diego or New York. It's just not the same sort of destination.

    I really...
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    Jason did not stay in CA very long, I believe he...

    Jason did not stay in CA very long, I believe he is back in TX.
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    Totally unacceptable to draw blood. I was...

    Totally unacceptable to draw blood.

    I was there and the ride was lovely. In both tests I thought the horse and rider were a very good pair - the ride looked much less forced than others.

    Makes...
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    Amazing rides today. I am in awe of those...

    Amazing rides today. I am in awe of those riders.

    IMHO Edward was overstored. He is an amazing rider, but the horse was just so tense the whole time. But perhaps that is just my personal taste....
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    Undercover was very tense yesterday in the...

    Undercover was very tense yesterday in the warm-up, but what do I know lol. I thought they were all amazing. Incredible riding, beautiful horses.

    And in my effort to support Silverbridge, I...
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    I always insure them. The premiums are...

    I always insure them. The premiums are relatively small and it is huge peace of mind for me.
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    It is a bit confusing - I believe that for All...

    It is a bit confusing - I believe that for All Breeds FS is dependent on whether the breed association recognizes it. I am currently showing an AQHA and they do not recognize freestyles.

    For USDF...
  24. I asked my trainer about this (she's a big S...

    I asked my trainer about this (she's a big S judge) and she said the same as has been noted by a few folks above - fine to change, but make sure it is helping the horse and makes sense given the...
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    I think it is totally reasonable to buy a horse a...

    I think it is totally reasonable to buy a horse a level or two ahead of where you are riding. In fact I wish I had the budget to do it - much less frustrating if at least one of you know what you are...
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