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    I wouldn't risk it - I'd spend the extra money...

    I wouldn't risk it - I'd spend the extra money and order from someone who fit you.

    I currently have four pairs of custom boots. Two fit . . .
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    I believe this is the same rider who had the...

    I believe this is the same rider who had the "blue tongue" incident, correct? If so, I am unwilling to be so generous to say a bad photo is "a moment in time". I can see how a bucking horse needs a...
  3. I'm working on this myself right now and I have a...

    I'm working on this myself right now and I have a couple of thoughts.

    You can bluff through second level and pull off a few 60s, but if you want to really ride it well, you have to really, really...
  4. Here's the other issue that no one is talking...

    Here's the other issue that no one is talking about - the seller can be entirely reputable and honest, and you can still end up getting yourself absolutely the wrong horse.

    What the seller might...
  5. OP I appreciate your second post which clarifies...

    OP I appreciate your second post which clarifies things.

    Some western trainers actually use a bosal to rub off the hair and make the skin raw so that the horse pays more attention to the contact....
  6. Agree with everything posted above! Horses...

    Agree with everything posted above!

    Horses are really complicated (as you are finding) and though it's possible it will all work out, it would be much, much better to have your trainer come with...
  7. I would recommend the "borrowing from a friend"...

    I would recommend the "borrowing from a friend" approach. See if anyone has a lighter pair of breeches you can borrow.
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    Depending on where you are on the central coast,...

    Depending on where you are on the central coast, you are in luck :). Some of the nicest people in dressage are in the SLO chapter of CDS. I have hauled down for several shows over the last couple of...
  9. My AQHA and I were one of the demo horse/rider...

    My AQHA and I were one of the demo horse/rider combinations asked to participate in a "New Tests" clinic given by Hilda Gurney last winter. It was sponsored by my chapter of CDS.

    It was...
  10. I think saying you are "on the verge of owning a...

    I think saying you are "on the verge of owning a horse" probably turned people off.

    I would go to the shows, watch people ride, wait until they are done, happy, relaxing and then chat with them...
  11. In your second post you say that he always takes...

    In your second post you say that he always takes the right lead. If you have never cantered him on the left lead, that is a much worse problem than the canter drifting.

    Perhaps I am...
  12. I am going to politely disagree with riding a...

    I am going to politely disagree with riding a shoulder fore down centerline. IMHO it is unnecessary and teaching bad habits. You are going straight towards the judge, they are going to give you a...
  13. Mystic Oaks is exactly right - because the RAAC...

    Mystic Oaks is exactly right - because the RAAC is a competition (not a championship) trainers can legally warm up the horses.

    Seems to fly in the face of the mission of the program IMHO - the...
  14. I just have to go back to the comment about a...

    I just have to go back to the comment about a level playing field.

    There is no such thing and it's sort of a ridiculous concept in dressage. And how exactly would you regulate this?

    Here in...
  15. I have two trainers - one who rides young and...

    I have two trainers - one who rides young and problem horses, one who is a BNT.

    Completely depends on the issue at hand, but I would not have the BNT get on to deal with a behavioral issue.
  16. I dunno - I think it's pretty unreasonable to...

    I dunno - I think it's pretty unreasonable to expect to school a horse to guns at a show. Not something I would be willing to take on.

    The organizers should have some sense of what is reasonable...
  17. I would just save money and keep riding the horse...

    I would just save money and keep riding the horse you have. In a few years you will need to buy a new horse but if you want to keep your mare (which I understand), then your best bet is to save up...
  18. As a judge I think I would have said to show...

    As a judge I think I would have said to show management "you can't do mounted shooting next to the dressage ring". (!)
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    As noted above - American Sporthorse is very much...

    As noted above - American Sporthorse is very much open, run by Sandy's daughter Anne. Tracey Lert also runs her business out of the facility.

    Katie Hoefs is at Gilroy Gaits; I don't recall who is...
  20. While I appreciate the fact that she accepted...

    While I appreciate the fact that she accepted responsibility for her behavior, it is really sad to me that the adults are behaving so badly at an event like this.

    So much for teaching kids about...
  21. Unbelievable.

    Unbelievable.
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    This is one of those times when the horse...

    This is one of those times when the horse business can be very sketchy.

    I prefer to pay trainers fees by the hour, not commission.

    But I always, always ask up front.

    If I were selling a...
  23. Assuming you rule out the physical issues I am...

    Assuming you rule out the physical issues I am going to kindly suggest that only the trainer ride him for a few months to get this fixed.

    My gelding does this sometimes (not to this extent but...
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    I had that saddle for years and I actually never...

    I had that saddle for years and I actually never moved the blocks once, either intentionally or unintentionally. Was a complete non-issue.
  25. Silverbridge you are right :) Sorry I am a woman,...

    Silverbridge you are right :) Sorry I am a woman, so ties are not on my radar!

    I just checked the rule and it says "tie, choker or stock tie". So I don't think it is legal to wear those shirts,...
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