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  Endurance Saddle
Posted by: kris - 02-07-2017, 08:59 PM - Forum: Tack Questions and Comments - Replies (1)

Hello all, i'm shopping for a new saddle and leaning toward a Tucker or Circle Y. I was hoping for for options and opinions. I ride A Tennessee walker. Thanks in advance!

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  One trail pic
Posted by: puddleplasher - 02-07-2017, 05:31 PM - Forum: Trails - Replies (1)

The winter weather has kept us indoors a lot but I did recently take advantage of some sun to check out a local area that will be the subject of some use planning meetings soon. Issues will include trailer parking, mountain bike usage, etc... the usuals. Two of the features you can see in this picture are an old railroad bed that goes through the area and a lovely stream below.

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'plash

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  Running martingale or tie-down?
Posted by: puddleplasher - 02-06-2017, 06:20 AM - Forum: Tack Questions and Comments - Replies (6)

Anyone got any preferences, pros & cons, etc. to share with me since I've never used either? Drina keeps her head down and out of the way if I two-hand the reins but tends to carry it high if I ride single handed ... which means her head gets in the way of whatever I'm doing with that other hand!

'plash

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  A Different Photo!
Posted by: PaintGal - 02-05-2017, 01:53 AM - Forum: Saddle Shop Corral - Replies (1)

As many of you know, I wear a GoPro camera when we ride hence the huge number of horse butt and tree pics. This last ride, I unknowingly had the camera tilted down farther than usual and wound up with this shot:

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I couldn't figure it out at first glance!

It was COLD that day with a wicked wind on the ridges that we hadn't counted on but we got in about 2 hours of exploring new logging roads. The bibs and heavy barn jacket came in handy!

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  Thanks, Josh and HorseSaddleShop!
Posted by: PaintGal - 02-05-2017, 12:32 AM - Forum: General Information - Replies (1)

I needed a new girth and Josh was able to figure out what I needed from our conversation on the chat option! That is WAY cool, btw. I "chatted" with Josh on Wednesday afternoon and my girth was delivered today. He was also able to order my new helmet and when Troxel gets them stocked, I'll be sporting the Cheyenne model. [Big Grin]

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  Hay Delivery
Posted by: Hook - 02-05-2017, 12:28 AM - Forum: Saddle Shop Corral - Replies (2)

Came across this photo of a hay delivery from 2010. We now rent a field and do our own hay. I'm glad we don't have to buy hay anymore at today's prices.

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  Starting Feb Correctly!
Posted by: PaintGal - 02-02-2017, 02:28 PM - Forum: Trails - No Replies

Looks like no one else is riding. [cornfused

Here are a few pics from the Feb 1st ride. More horse butts and dead trees.

We took a seldom used trail and we were off trail more than on because of the downed trees. Lots of weaving between trees, stepping over trees and between limbs across the trail. No wonder it's not used much!

Wanda and Willy

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Suan and Sparky cleared that tree. Bo & I are next!

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This is typical... step over and between and do it again!

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The creek came in handy!

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There are lots of hills in this area. You're either going up or going down. Were going up now!

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  Question about purchasing racehorse
Posted by: jr12345 - 02-01-2017, 09:15 PM - Forum: General Information - Replies (3)

I am looking to purchase my first race standardbred horse between the prices of $6000-$7000.

My trainer has told me hell make a deal with me where he covers most of the bill (vet,feed...etc) with me only paying for stall rent and shoes ($520 a month) in return i give him 50% of the purse money for every race i win prize money for.

My understanding is that monthly expenses can run around $2500 a month.

My question is what is the better way to go, in your guys honest opinion?

Is it better to keep 100% of the prize money and pay the flat rate for expenses

or

have mostly all the bill paid for by trainer (except for stall rent and shoes) and give 50% of winnings to trainer.

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  Saddle buying frustration
Posted by: Spider2017 - 01-30-2017, 08:09 PM - Forum: Tack Questions and Comments - Replies (1)

Hi, I'm new here. Posted in classified, but I see this is a better place to ask. I Have a 4 1/2 year old I bought last September. Had done some roping but he's now my western dressage horse. I need a saddle. I have a Billy Cook barrel I already had. It's just not a great fit. I've been looking high and low for months and finally given up on even thinking about buying something I can't try on him first. Not much for sale locally that I like and only one tack store in the area that carries much, and mostly roping saddles or ones that I think are way over priced. I have found a few on horsesaddleshop and that looks like the way to go with trial and free shipping. But I'd like some of your thoughts. First, I come from a dressage background so I'm used to a fairly light saddle. My BC is about 25 lbs. I'm trying to stay around 30 lbs for my back's sake. But I also worry about my 15'2" horse carrying a big old saddle and my 150 lbs. My dressage horse was 17 hands! Am I worrying for no reason? I don't dislike synthetic saddles, but I will be showing him so that's not a great look. Also, he has a fairly short back coupled with the fact that he's a tad butt high. A trainer I know said my BC at 24" with a square skirt could be hitting him in the loins (although I don't actually see it doing that while standing there, maybe it is when I bend) and she thinks I should get a longer skirt which would fan up and over the loins. Problem there is, then it's really heavy. I am more a fan of the rounded skirt. Any thoughts or experiences either way? Also, does anyone love a Wade? Thanks !

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  Oh the frustration of finding a saddle
Posted by: Spider2017 - 01-30-2017, 06:47 PM - Forum: Classifieds - Replies (7)

Hi, I'm new here. Have a 4 1/2 year old I bought last September. Had done some roping but he's now my western dressage horse. I need a saddle. I have a Billy Cook barrel I already had. It's just not a great fit. I've been looking high and low for months and finally given up on even thinking about buying something I can't try on him first. Not much for sale locally that I like and only one tack store in the area that carries much, and mostly roping saddles or ones that I think are way over priced. I have found a few on horsesaddleshop and that looks like the way to go with trial and free shipping. But I'd like some of your thoughts. First, I come from a dressage background so I'm used to a fairly light saddle. My BC is about 25 lbs. I'm trying to stay around 30 lbs for my back's sake. But I also worry about my 15'2" horse carrying a big old saddle and my 150 lbs. My dressage horse was 17 hands! Am I worrying for no reason? I don't dislike synthetic saddles, but I will be showing him so that's not a great look. Also, he has a fairly short back coupled with the fact that he's a tad butt high. A trainer I know said my BC at 24" with a square skirt could be hitting him in the loins (although I don't actually see it doing that while standing there, maybe it is when I bend) and she thinks I should get a longer skirt which would fan up and over the loins. Problem there is, then it's really heavy. I am more a fan of the rounded skirt. Any thoughts or experiences either way? Thanks !

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