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  1. First, just take a deep breath and try to calm...

    First, just take a deep breath and try to calm down a little bit. You did not sign for or authorize the purchase.

    Next, I want you to google any email addresses or phone numbers associated with...
  2. I adopted a dog from Cancun, Mexico about 4 years...

    I adopted a dog from Cancun, Mexico about 4 years ago. She lived on the streets and had no concept of house training or that house cats were not meant to be eaten. I brought her home and in those 4...
  3. I'm a tack hoarder. I love restoring old leather,...

    I'm a tack hoarder. I love restoring old leather, but I won't touch anything with dry rot. Mold and thirsty leather is one thing, but when I can crack the leather and it resembles beef jerky... I...
  4. I buy and sell a lot of saddles. I had an Albion...

    I buy and sell a lot of saddles. I had an Albion that sat in a consignment store for months and months and months. It was priced at $800 and in fantastic condition. Unfortunately, it was brown in...
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    This thread reminds me a lot of a train wreck......

    This thread reminds me a lot of a train wreck... horrible to see, but I'm unable to look away. I can't believe the gall of the girl who was leasing your horse, and while I'm impressed by your...
  6. My teensy tiny little brag - my notoriously hard...

    My teensy tiny little brag - my notoriously hard to catch horse actually came up to me in her pen. Normally, she very casually walks to the furthest end of her private pen when she sees me coming....
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    Thanks, all! I have a pair of stirrups similar to...

    Thanks, all! I have a pair of stirrups similar to the SA Walls stirrups, which will be going on the saddle as soon as I get it. It will come to me oiled and conditioned.

    I ride in a pair of Ariat...
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    Fenders will be pre-turned for me! I've never...

    Fenders will be pre-turned for me!

    I've never heard of pigskin on a western saddle... that's an interesting concept. I'm not quite sure how the roughout will affect my skin, but I'm guessing...
  9. I currently board at a private facility that is...

    I currently board at a private facility that is $150 per month. I don't have an indoor arena, but I have a private pen for my horses that is dragged and cleaned every 3 days. The water troughs are...
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    I'm using a very small custom saddler that...

    I'm using a very small custom saddler that doesn't even have a website. I came across him through word of mouth and seeing the quality of work. He doesn't even build saddles as a business, it's more...
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    Thanks, all! I wasn't sure if it was safe to soak...

    Thanks, all! I wasn't sure if it was safe to soak a saddle, which is why I asked. I feel like the only thing I'll really need to break in are the fenders... I don't think they'll come pre-turned, but...
  12. Can you share your trick? I'm short and my horse...

    Can you share your trick? I'm short and my horse is short, but sometimes, I struggle with my western saddles. I'm okay up until about 40lbs, but after that... it gets awkward. People always talk...
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    Breaking in a new saddle

    So I took the plunge - I finally ordered myself a custom saddle and am now waiting for it to be built and sent to me. Exciting!

    I've never had a brand new saddle and have always purchased used...
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    I use one sometimes. If I'm not going to be...

    I use one sometimes. If I'm not going to be riding faster than a walk or jog, I might leave it off. If I know I'm going to be working at a lope, I'll put it on. I just use a plain old leather breast...
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    The bit in her mouth in that picture is called an...

    The bit in her mouth in that picture is called an Argentine Dogbone "Snaffle". With this bit, I basically ride her with a lot of slack in the reins. If I was riding english, it would almost be...
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    That's kind of what I've been doing for the last...

    That's kind of what I've been doing for the last little while, trying to figure out what level of contact she likes while still maintaining some feel for her mouth. At one point, I was on her...
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    It's entirely possible she really has no idea...

    It's entirely possible she really has no idea what a bit is all about. I've spent the last year experimenting with her and have found, in addition to thinner mouth pieces, she's happiest if I have...
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    For the most part, my mare is ridden lightly in...

    For the most part, my mare is ridden lightly in an open field. No water crossing and very little in the way of hills or tripping hazards. She's semi retired, but I hop on her occasionally for the...
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    Tie downs...?

    To make this short and sweet, I have a very sweet and lovely 20 year old AQHA mare. She is decently broke, after being a ranch/trail horse for the first 12 years of her life. She's spent the last...
  20. I suppose you could try a rear cinch to see if it...

    I suppose you could try a rear cinch to see if it helps, but a lot of vertical movement isn't good. My saddle fits my mare and is designed to be used with a rear cinch. However, the saddle doesn't...
  21. What size tree is the Courbette? Does your...

    What size tree is the Courbette? Does your Belgium have more of a curvy back or flat? He's probably wide as a couch too, eh?

    On my internet travels, I've read that County saddles fit these broad...
  22. I have seen dressage saddles in seats smaller...

    I have seen dressage saddles in seats smaller than 17"... but not often. I have a 16.5" Albion in my possession at the moment, but I haven't seen another dressage saddle in that size or smaller,...
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    I have an older mare that pretends to be saddle...

    I have an older mare that pretends to be saddle shy. She is extremely well broke, but she’s a crafty old broodmare. She’s learned that pretending to spook at the saddle will cause people to just give...
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    Information on saddle makers?

    Hello! I have two western saddles that I am curious about and hoping someone here could provide some information on them.

    The first saddle is a 16” Cleburne reining saddle. This is my daily ride...
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    Lachelle, I sent you a private message!

    Lachelle, I sent you a private message!
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