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  1. I used to have some material printed out but...

    I used to have some material printed out but haven't been able to dig it up again.

    Here are some links that may be useful, though, for specific exercises and information:
    ...
  2. A good Pilates routine should work (IME) glutes...

    A good Pilates routine should work (IME) glutes as well as the other muscles we generally call the "core." As subk notes, your glutes (and therefore hip flexors) are very important. If you get sore...
  3. Some horses do seem to be sensitive to alfalfa...

    Some horses do seem to be sensitive to alfalfa and it will make them weird, but for most horses, alfalfa is one of the best avenues to weight gain. In CA, you probably have access to nice big bales...
  4. Some of the Prestiges may work. Catch is that...

    Some of the Prestiges may work. Catch is that their jumping saddles are not generally wool flocked, so it has to fit well from the get-go, but I love the balance point on them and horses tend to like...
  5. Have you tried a Myler level 2? My retired mare...

    Have you tried a Myler level 2? My retired mare has a very similar mouth, plus a low flat palate, and that was her favorite. I rode her for a long time in a JP French link with curved sides and a...
  6. Also echoing what merrygoround said. When my...

    Also echoing what merrygoround said.

    When my mare strained her SI, hills were our good friends. Forward walk uphill is a great back & hind end strengthening exercise that is low impact and sets...
  7. For paces: call the organizers. For fitness...

    For paces: call the organizers.

    For fitness for going out as a guest: call the secretary of the hunt.

    You will have more control over how fast you go at a hunter pace, but it's good to find...
  8. Are you looking for mullen mouth? Would Happy...

    Are you looking for mullen mouth? Would Happy Mouth work? Or do you need the really soft rubber?

    Here is the Happy Mouth version:
    https://www.google.com/#q=happy+mouth+kimberwick+mullen

    Here...
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    Mountain Horse tend to be nice and roomy, and...

    Mountain Horse tend to be nice and roomy, and mine have certainly been durable! If you need ankle support, get lace-up rather than zipper or slip-on.
  10. It does take time and continuous effort...lots of...

    It does take time and continuous effort...lots of both!

    Things that have helped me:

    1. regular lessons with a trainer who is very good at biomechanics
    2. riding her lesson horses/schoolmasters...
  11. Any updates on this cutie? I could give him a...

    Any updates on this cutie?

    I could give him a field, good food and care, and time, but just can't justify buying a horse on whom I'd instantly have to drop $$$$$ on ulcer meds, farrier work, body...
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    Hmm...how old is she? Is there a good...

    Hmm...how old is she? Is there a good (young-horse) trainer nearby that you can work with for a session or three?

    I have an opinionated little mare too (bay, though) and I agree with whomever said...
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    Great discussion! Please let us know what you...

    Great discussion! Please let us know what you find out about the ICEdot.

    I'm going to download the Road ID app right now--thank you for that, Bensmom! DH travels a bunch during the summer, but...
  14. Really doesn't matter this time around. We'll be...

    Really doesn't matter this time around. We'll be staying in Woodbridge/Dumfries and I'd like to go out Warrenton way to visit whicker, and also maybe do some shopping at the Middleburg Tack Exchange,...
  15. Instructors in NoVA with lesson horses?

    So I'm traveling back to NoVA for the holidays, and would like to get lessons for my brother's girlfriend (grew up riding jumpers in Argentina, but hasn't ridden in years) and my brother (absolute...
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    A few thoughts: If he likes a steadier bit,...

    A few thoughts:

    If he likes a steadier bit, you may try a Baucher or mullen mouth Dee bit. I would also try a Myler comfort snaffle. Some horses seem to invert to escape bits that are...
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    RTB--I can't speak for all of mine, but I love my...

    RTB--I can't speak for all of mine, but I love my Heritage. Very close contact feel. It's one of those saddles I don't notice at all when I'm riding in it--it doesn't force me into any particular...
  18. It may have been a local thing? Years ago in CA I...

    It may have been a local thing? Years ago in CA I bought a tea tree oil glycerin soap bar that was a dark green color, but the brand is long gone from my memory. I liked it, plus it discouraged mold!...
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    Which BC model did you try? Most recently I tried...

    Which BC model did you try? Most recently I tried a Tex Eventer. I had to hike my stirrups up, and it was quite a different feel than I was used to--definitely put me in a galloping/jumping position....
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    I'd take My Image in a blink if I had more time!...

    I'd take My Image in a blink if I had more time! Despite different breeding, he looks so much like my older mare, who went strong until 18 or so and was incredibly athletic (still is, in her...
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    How tall are you and where are you? I have a...

    How tall are you and where are you? I have a (brown) monoflap Marcus Krehan that was flocked to fit my older TB with a very similar shape. She is now mostly retired, so I could send it to you to try...
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    Yay! This is great news! There is a positivity...

    Yay! This is great news! There is a positivity that has been coming through in your posts for the past few months, which is great to 'hear.' Best of luck with your continued recuperation. :yes:
  23. If you can, although it's a pain, try to get to a...

    If you can, although it's a pain, try to get to a tack shop and actually try some on. Some are available with custom options, but it will at least give you a starting point.

    That said, I also have...
  24. Wanted: Safe Pony for 4 year old Girl - Tallahassee

    So I know this is a long shot, but we're not in any rush. Daughter has begun asking for her own pony, and DH just agreed to let her have one. :D

    Daughter is almost 4, and I'd like something that...
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    What kind of learner are you? Thankfully, at...

    What kind of learner are you?

    Thankfully, at least in dressage we know what test we're going to ride ahead of time, rather than jumper shows where you have to learn your course a short time...
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