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  • ClassyRide, congrats on being out of school, and extra congrats on looking to move your horses closer and finding a nice barn! Go for it!!!
    “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
    ¯ Oscar Wilde

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    • Great news, ClassyRide! how liberating to be done w/school...but at the same time, I remember feeling a little overwhelmed. GREAT news on the new barn!

      HAHA - the Amazon - is actually being a stellar & model citizen. It would seem that the trick w/her TB brain (how did I forget this???) is to ask, not tell, and make her think it's her idea to begin with!! But I'm loving her sense of humor.

      NC Peeps! The high Tuesday is 32 with a low of 11. WTH??? On top of all the rain we've had here, with only 2 days of sun this weekend, we are going to have a big ol' mess. Wonder what my chances are of convincing DH we need to embrace a snowbird kind of life in order to satisfy my needs?? HAHAHA

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      • Finzean, where in NC are you? There's a possibility we may relocate there from TN. We're thinking about it, anyway! (you can PM me if you prefer). Tx!

        And I get you with this crappy weather. It's been raining so much this week and over the weekend that I have had to reschedule my vet appointment for my gimpy boy twice! Don't want to trailer him in the rain, and me being on crutches still, not wanting to deal with it (poor husband, gimpy wife and gimpy horse!).
        “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
        ¯ Oscar Wilde

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        • Thank you very much - I have been hanging around COTH for quite awhile and I must say this group is "da bomb"!!
          http://fromdressagehorsetocowpony.blogspot.com/

          "I am still under the impression that there is nothing alive quite so beautiful as a thoroughbred horse." -- John Galsworthy

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          • Can I ask for some saddle recommendations?

            After my tumble on Sunday, I think I need to at least consider getting a saddle with a deeper seat. So - looking for a 17-17.5, forward flap, deep seat saddle with blocks. Really like the looks of the Stubben Roxane S.

            Horse is a medium, has withers and a dip behind his shoulder. He is more flat than curvy, if that makes sense. I like a wider panel.

            Price point: I could stretch to $1100. Luckily I prefer used over new!

            I have checked several used saddle sites, but it's a lot easier to shop if you have some idea of what you want. Thanks guys!
            http://fromdressagehorsetocowpony.blogspot.com/

            "I am still under the impression that there is nothing alive quite so beautiful as a thoroughbred horse." -- John Galsworthy

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            • Originally posted by Tiger Horse View Post
              Can I ask for some saddle recommendations?

              After my tumble on Sunday, I think I need to at least consider getting a saddle with a deeper seat. So - looking for a 17-17.5, forward flap, deep seat saddle with blocks. Really like the looks of the Stubben Roxane S.

              Horse is a medium, has withers and a dip behind his shoulder. He is more flat than curvy, if that makes sense. I like a wider panel.

              Price point: I could stretch to $1100. Luckily I prefer used over new!

              I have checked several used saddle sites, but it's a lot easier to shop if you have some idea of what you want. Thanks guys!
              Stubben has a couple used Roxanes but they're a little above your range. That said, they're also nearly new.

              There's a good condition one on Ebay for $800 and another for $1100. That's going to be your best bet for a good deal on a stubben just because they don't hold value from new well at all.

              Pelham saddlery has one for $995, 17"/30cm tree.

              That was a quick search-- I'm saddle hunting so I will keep my eyes out!

              If you don't necessarily want a Roxane but are looking for a deeper, blockier saddle, let me noodle on that too. What sort of quality are you looking for? Well-used top of the line or lightly used middle of the line?
              Originally posted by PeanutButterPony
              you can shackle your pony to a lawn chair at the show...so long as its in a conservative color.

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              • I know a lot of peole laugh at M. Toulouse saddles, but I have two of them and love them both (different models). My husband actually traded his Stubben for an M. Toulouse and loves the new saddle. They are not super expensive and they are super comfortable. Being that they have had a bad rap, I do make sure to take extra good care of it, and I am not at all disappointed. I bought mine new for around 900 or so (shop around!).
                “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
                ¯ Oscar Wilde

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                • Originally posted by ParadoxFarm View Post
                  I know a lot of peole laugh at M. Toulouse saddles, but I have two of them and love them both (different models). My husband actually traded his Stubben for an M. Toulouse and loves the new saddle. They are not super expensive and they are super comfortable. Being that they have had a bad rap, I do make sure to take extra good care of it, and I am not at all disappointed. I bought mine new for around 900 or so (shop around!).
                  Yup. I just swiped one on ebay for less than $600 and I'm stoked about it.

                  In my old age I don't really care what brand it is as long as it does what I need it to do with a minimum of fuss and effort. If it's not the fanciest thing and it won't last me 20 years, so what. It was $600.
                  Originally posted by PeanutButterPony
                  you can shackle your pony to a lawn chair at the show...so long as its in a conservative color.

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                  • Originally posted by Alterageous View Post
                    Stubben has a couple used Roxanes but they're a little above your range. That said, they're also nearly new.

                    There's a good condition one on Ebay for $800 and another for $1100. That's going to be your best bet for a good deal on a stubben just because they don't hold value from new well at all.

                    Pelham saddlery has one for $995, 17"/30cm tree.

                    That was a quick search-- I'm saddle hunting so I will keep my eyes out!

                    If you don't necessarily want a Roxane but are looking for a deeper, blockier saddle, let me noodle on that too. What sort of quality are you looking for? Well-used top of the line or lightly used middle of the line?
                    Thanks Alterageous - I had seen several of the Roxanes you mentioned above - missed the one on eBay for $800 - I'll have to take a look at that.

                    I'm a well-used top of the line kinda gal!
                    http://fromdressagehorsetocowpony.blogspot.com/

                    "I am still under the impression that there is nothing alive quite so beautiful as a thoroughbred horse." -- John Galsworthy

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                    • hmmm, I'm gonna have to take a look at the Toulouse saddles.
                      http://fromdressagehorsetocowpony.blogspot.com/

                      "I am still under the impression that there is nothing alive quite so beautiful as a thoroughbred horse." -- John Galsworthy

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                      • Originally posted by Tiger Horse View Post
                        hmmm, I'm gonna have to take a look at the Toulouse saddles.
                        I'd take a look, but consider that it's definitely not top of the line. I have seen some well-used devoucoux saddles and at least a few PJs come down into your price range, and a couple older Childerics, if you really want top of the line but well-used for that price.

                        Still, they're perfectly nice saddles for the money and there's no real reason to go higher end than that unless you really want to. There's unfortunately not a whole lot in the midrange anymore, you either spend $1300 brand new or you're well up into the low $4k range.
                        Originally posted by PeanutButterPony
                        you can shackle your pony to a lawn chair at the show...so long as its in a conservative color.

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                        • Tiger Horse, you need to SIT in one, too. Check out your local tack shop if you have one nearby and actually sit in it. They're pretty nice for the price.
                          “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
                          ¯ Oscar Wilde

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                          • I'll be heading to several tack stores this weekend - plan on testing quite a few!
                            http://fromdressagehorsetocowpony.blogspot.com/

                            "I am still under the impression that there is nothing alive quite so beautiful as a thoroughbred horse." -- John Galsworthy

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                            • Tiger Horse, you should probably have a saddle fitter come out to look at your horse...or work with someone with saddle-fitting experience. As a long-time Stubben rider, I'm in favor of the Stubben Roxane S, but you have to be sure it will fit the horse. (I actually ride in a Stubben Siegfried, which I bought used in 1979!--That gives you an idea of the quality.) My dream saddle is the Stubben Roxane VSS, which has a shorter, straighter flap than the Roxane S. Love the deep seat, though. I know the trend now is for a close-contact saddle with a shallow, soft seat, but I love a saddle with blocks and a deep seat that is going to hold me in. Maybe I will start saving up for my dream saddle...I am certainly not getting any younger.
                              I heard a neigh. Oh, such a brisk and melodious neigh as that was! My very heart leaped with delight at the sound. --Nathaniel Hawthorne

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                              • Originally posted by Dewey View Post
                                Tiger Horse, you should probably have a saddle fitter come out to look at your horse...or work with someone with saddle-fitting experience. As a long-time Stubben rider, I'm in favor of the Stubben Roxane S, but you have to be sure it will fit the horse. (I actually ride in a Stubben Siegfried, which I bought used in 1979!--That gives you an idea of the quality.) My dream saddle is the Stubben Roxane VSS, which has a shorter, straighter flap than the Roxane S. Love the deep seat, though. I know the trend now is for a close-contact saddle with a shallow, soft seat, but I love a saddle with blocks and a deep seat that is going to hold me in. Maybe I will start saving up for my dream saddle...I am certainly not getting any younger.
                                Dewey - I would love to have a saddle fitter out, in fact one of the tack shops I plan on visiting this weekend has a pretty good one, and I will ask about an appt while I am there. I have had a few Stubbens over the years and they are lovely, my favorite was a Siegfried - too bad I sold it years ago! Even though I am not tall (5' 5") I do seem to need a more forward flap. And yes, I want blocks and a deep seat - funny how the older you get, the stronger the sense of self preservation!
                                http://fromdressagehorsetocowpony.blogspot.com/

                                "I am still under the impression that there is nothing alive quite so beautiful as a thoroughbred horse." -- John Galsworthy

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                                • Double post
                                  Last edited by Tiger Horse; Jan. 17, 2013, 10:38 AM.
                                  http://fromdressagehorsetocowpony.blogspot.com/

                                  "I am still under the impression that there is nothing alive quite so beautiful as a thoroughbred horse." -- John Galsworthy

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                                  • I'm new to this forum - Hi all! I'm so happy this is here!

                                    My re-rider adventure is beginning...

                                    Backstory: I bought a new horse in August, a 7yr. old OTTB gelding with some retraining. He promptly got sick so i couldn't ride him much but we bonded in the pasture at home, and after a few trail rides at home, I've put him in training at a local barn. He's doing very well, is polite, getting more beans as he adds pounds, but is such a gentleman...

                                    I had my first group lesson on him today (my second time riding him in an arena), and all I can say is... wow. Those years off and kids in the meantime have thrown my game when it comes to riding. On the trail it's easier to gloss over my weaknesses, but they came fully into focus today. Wits (Witness) was great, but I was ALL over the place.

                                    So that's my vent. Confirmation of what I hoped wasn't true - that I have to start all over again. Luckily, I *love* this horse and he appears to love me, so we'll get through it together - it's just hard to help a horse learn balance when you can't keep it yourself. Or feel when he's picked up the wrong lead. Or feel when he's picked up a lead for each end. *sigh* He's such a great horse I don't want to screw him up. His trainer is super psyched about him, and her mother held the lesson today - I think she was surprised at how awkward I was in the saddle! Argh! Classic mid-life re-rider drama.

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                                    • Welcome, Tommy's Girl! Sounds like to have a really nice horse. And we all feel out of sorts when starting back. I think you made the right decision in putting him in training AND taking lessons. You'll get there. . Any pics of Wits?
                                      “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
                                      ¯ Oscar Wilde

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                                      • Hello, I am new to this message board. I rode a little as a kid, and have been riding almost 1 year now as an adult. I just bought my second horse today and a very excited for the learning process!! I am going to be showing hunter this summer. Any advice?

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                                        • Hello Everyone!!

                                          Another re-rider here, been back in the saddle for about 6 months now. I grew up riding western and now my dream is to event, so I have to learn how to jump and ride dressage after about 13 or so years off (I can't even remember how old I was when I stopped riding originally).

                                          I have been taking 3 lessons a week, 2 at a h/j barn as I felt that would be the best place for me to learn how to jump and 1 at an eventing barn trying to learn dressage. I feel like I've been making so much progress at the jumping lessons, I definitely look forward to the days that I can go to the barn. I've moved up through the lesson horses and now I'm on a difficult mare that lets you know right away if you do one little thing wrong. She is definitely helping me improve my riding. Also, she can jump the moon, although I haven't actually tested her on that one I've seen others do it.

                                          Dressage is a different story, I know how much it can help me in the long run, but I feel that I am just learning it so I can go to an event, maybe this summer maybe next summer, who knows. It's very frusturating to go to my dressage lessons and feel like I haven't made any progress.

                                          Today, I decided to take a jumping lesson at the eventing barn. I wanted to see what the different teaching styles were like. I do not think it went well at all, which is very discouraging because I feel that I do so well at the h/j barn. I don't know if I really haven't learned anything during my lessons at the other facility, or today was just a bad day. Actually just yesterday I had my lesson at the h/j barn and it was fantastic. Today, I felt like I couldn't keep my legs still, I was flopping forward anticipating when the horse would jump and just not very secure in the saddle. I worry that I'm not advancing as fast as I would like. Do other people see the same frusturations of inconsistent riding?

                                          There was also a discussion today if I should try and half lease, which I'm thinking is going to be a good idea. I really like the instruction at the h/j barn so I will continue my lessons there, but then half lease an eventer to hopefully work on my dressage and take the ocassional jump lesson at the eventing barn.

                                          Anyway, thanks for reading through my sob story about my riding. Hoping to keep everyone updated with progress!

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