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  1. Where are you located roughly? Two thoughts:...

    Where are you located roughly?

    Two thoughts: (1) you may be able to have the tree adjusted on the County that you bought; or (2) if 3k is your budget, I'd be on the phone with Patty Merli to get a...
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    I've adopted a model of owning 2-3 helmets at any...

    I've adopted a model of owning 2-3 helmets at any given time. Right now, I have 2 schooling helmets and 1 show helmet. That way if I have an unplanned encounter with the ground (as I did recently) I...
  3. My older mare with a low (practically flat)...

    My older mare with a low (practically flat) palate and fat tongue ended up really liking the Myler comfort snaffle, with the wide barrel middle link. For years prior to trying that, the best bit I'd...
  4. Patty Merli isn't based in Ocala, but makes...

    Patty Merli isn't based in Ocala, but makes regular trips there--I'd check with her and see if your schedules coincide. :)
  5. Get a good saddlefitter in (if you give us an...

    Get a good saddlefitter in (if you give us an idea of your location, we can probably help with recommendations). Patty Merli was able to adjust my Passier GG to fit my quite flat-backed mare...
  6. Maybe try German ebay? I bought a saddle from...

    Maybe try German ebay? I bought a saddle from Germany (via ebay) years ago and it was painless.
  7. Lead with your belly button. That's my favorite...

    Lead with your belly button. That's my favorite mental image.

    I tend to get tight/weak through my hip flexors. Doing Pilates, as well as "functional strength training" classes, has helped a lot...
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    YB--perhaps check with Hilda Donahue. She's...

    YB--perhaps check with Hilda Donahue. She's closer to Orlando, but I would think she is likely to know some of the options outside Tampa.
  9. Riding instruction near Stockholm, Sweden? and/or Trieste, Italy?

    Hi all, DH is co-organizer of a month long academic workshop in Stockholm next summer (2016), which will be followed by a week long conference in Trieste. I'm hoping to accompany him for a couple of...
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    Can you replace your desk chair at work with an...

    Can you replace your desk chair at work with an exercise ball? Make sure you get one that will put your hips higher than your knees when you have a 90' angle behind your knee. I did this and my hips...
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    I have what I think is the ebay one listed above,...

    I have what I think is the ebay one listed above, and like it. It is slender, and I secure it in a rubber-banded mane braid so it doesn't slide around on the neck. I prefer my breastplate as an...
  12. I've seen Black Country work well for that type....

    I've seen Black Country work well for that type. They have a new Solare jump model that feels much flatter and more streamlined for the rider. Just got one for my mare and I loooove it! (And I grew...
  13. Thread: Hot Seat

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    Ha, I had the opposite, whatever that is called....

    Ha, I had the opposite, whatever that is called. Slow seat?! Have you discussed with M? She had to entirely retrain my seat....
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    This--although I've never had sitting hurt; I...

    This--although I've never had sitting hurt; I feel it always helps. I also think a lot of horses are just more variable in how they jump trot jumps, so it's harder to know what to expect. My current...
  15. If your own trainer can't or won't go with you to...

    If your own trainer can't or won't go with you to evaluate a horse in a far-off location (and it sounds like you've been looking hard locally with no luck), then I would suggest asking for...
  16. On my phone so will try to keep this short. My...

    On my phone so will try to keep this short. My young mare was very similar for a while. Very smart and sensitive. Much of the issue was my seat. She is very sensitive to any blocking with my seat or...
  17. Equine Express, if they're still around. Can't...

    Equine Express, if they're still around. Can't believe it's been 9 years since I shipped mine cross country!
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    Number/pinney holder, if it's an event that...

    Number/pinney holder, if it's an event that requires them!

    Treats for horse
    Sweat scraper
    Is barn bringing manure forks and muck buckets?
    Short hose
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    I worked with Patty Merli to get a jump...

    I worked with Patty Merli to get a jump saddle--my new BC Solare just arrived and it is beeeyoootiful! I got serge panels for my tight-backed little mare. Work and family mean I can't ride in it...
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    I really like him, too. Looks like he has a good...

    I really like him, too. Looks like he has a good brain, nice structure and breeding, not all tight and wonky through his body, good-looking feet. If I had time and funds for more than one going...
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    No specific input on the air bladders, but my...

    No specific input on the air bladders, but my tight-backed mare appears to loooove Black Country's serge panels.

    With horses that are extra particular about their saddles, I think the best thing...
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    Lots of good advice here. One thing that helps me...

    Lots of good advice here. One thing that helps me is to decide in advance what the 'task' is that I'm going to complete without second guessing myself. Afterwards, I give myself permission to analyze...
  23. Marsha Sapp at Southern Oaks just outside...

    Marsha Sapp at Southern Oaks just outside Tallahassee: http://www.southernoaksequestrian.com/

    She is especially good with the sensitive ones, is extremely hard-working, and will put ground...
  24. Tea tree oil! At some point in CA, I bought a...

    Tea tree oil! At some point in CA, I bought a locally made bar of glycerin with tea tree oil in it, and it did seem to help with mold/mildew. (Northern CA, where it rains for 3 months in the...
  25. I had one for several years, bought used, and the...

    I had one for several years, bought used, and the HSLC never seemed to change the color (it was already off white by the time I got it, but didn't darken further). :)
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