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  Grade Appy
Posted by: appygirl - 02-22-2006, 03:52 PM - Forum: Horse Appraisal and Conformation - Replies (16)

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This is Hi-Grey. He is a 13-year old grade appaloosa; 15.2 hands.

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  I'm thinking about...
Posted by: PaintGal - 02-20-2006, 03:42 PM - Forum: Saddle Types - Replies (7)

selling my Tucker Endurance Trail saddle. I LOVE it but it's too big for me and since I switched back to my barrel saddle, I've realized just how "sloppy" I've become in the Tucker. I can't keep my feet under me because my rear slides back too far so I wind up with my feet stuck way out in front & I'm slouched down in the saddle. I think it's at least a 16.5" seat....I have room for another person in front of me in the saddle! My barrel saddle has 15" seat.

I have become accustomed to the nice comfy seat that the Tucker has & would like to find a saddle that's equally as comfy. I haven't compared the Wichita Circle Y Park and Trail & my Tucker side by side but know that the Wichita is padded. It also seemed a lot heavier than my Tucker. [Sad] My barrel saddle is ummm.... several years old (like 30 [:O]) and is a Circle Y so assuming they're still the quality saddle that they were then, I'm leaning toward a Circle Y but certainly am not opposed to considering others.

Any advice or comments? (and NO, Flooper, I AM not looking for a drill team saddle!) [Wink]

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  couldn't resist
Posted by: Parrothead - 02-19-2006, 02:32 PM - Forum: Saddle Shop Corral - Replies (7)

There where two snakes talking.
The 1st one said 'Sidney, are we the type of snakes who wrap ourselves around our prey and squeeze and crush until they're dead? Or are we the type of snake who ambush our prey and bite them and they are poisioned?'.
Then the second Snake says "Why do you ask?"
The 1st one replies: "I just bit my lip!"

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Posted by: tagnrocky - 02-17-2006, 02:38 PM - Forum: Horse Training - Replies (10)

Hi Boots, welcome to the forum. Since you asked, Pat Parelli is a nationally known Natural Horsemanship trainer. He has a training system that progresses the student and horse through levels of horsemanship. Many people like his methods because it details step by step the training using a kit with videos and small manuals you refer to while training. I tried his level one kit last year and had pretty good results and I have bought level two to continue . My biggest complaint is the cost. I feel he is a little too commercial.
There are a lot of "natural horsemen" out there such as Clinton Anderson, Mark Rashid, John Lyons, Monty Roberts, Richard Shrake, Buck Brannaman, Craig Cameron, GaWaNi Pony Boy, Dennis Reis and probably many local ones not quite so well known. They all use behavior shaping principals each putting his own spin on the techniques. I personally combine a little bit from various ones. I'm just glad horse training has turned to more compassionate training methods.

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  bob marshall saddles
Posted by: starhaven - 02-17-2006, 05:11 AM - Forum: Saddle Brands - Replies (5)

Anyone use them and how do you like them or not?

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  Treeless Saddles
Posted by: Foxtrotlady - 02-14-2006, 02:58 AM - Forum: Saddle Types - Replies (18)

I have been looking at these on Ebay. I have a gaited horse, hard to fit with a short back. Anyone know about Torsion or Barefoot or any other brand? Not Bob Marshal.

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  Starting with a clean slate
Posted by: naddya819 - 02-12-2006, 02:56 AM - Forum: Horse Training - Replies (13)

I am new to the board, and need some help. I'm a fairly accomplished rider and have a 21 year old gelding that I ride. I've recently taken on a "project" in the form of a 19 month old QH/TB cross filly. As I said, I'm a good rider, but I'm no trainer. My filly Athena has been halter broken, had a bareback pad on and a couple of small grandkids led around on her back. She's also had her feet done. She's very sweet and already gives to pressure (i.e. halter, hand on her, etc.) very well. I put a child's western saddle on her this week, and though the girth didn't fit, I pulled it up tight to give her an idea of what it will feel like. I also put a bridle with an O-ring snaffle (what I plan to use on her) on her yesterday, to see her reaction and size the bridle/bit. None of this fazed her in the least. She sort of rolled the bit around with her tongue and acted like she had food caught in her teeth, but she didn't shy or back away from it, and when I took it off and put it back on she didn't fight it. I was planning on using John Lyon's methods or something similar with her, so I'm wondering where I go from here. I also intend to use the same methods on my gelding as he is not light on the bit at all. With all the info available online and from well-meaning friends, you can see how I'm over-whelmed! I taught my gelding how to free-longe and he does it well, so I'd also like to teach Athena how.

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  billy cook saddle
Posted by: starhaven - 02-11-2006, 04:56 PM - Forum: Saddle Brands - Replies (2)

We just found this site as we were trying to research and date a Billy cook saddle we picked up the other day. Model number on it is 3524. It is a really comfortable saddle we got for my husband, I would love another one on size smaller for myself. I can take a picture if that would help.

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  Watermelon Rind
Posted by: OnTheWay - 02-10-2006, 02:04 PM - Forum: Grooming and Health - Replies (14)

I'm reading a book, "Body Language of Horses" and he talks about giving horses watermelon rind and a HUGE favored treat.

When I think of watermelon rind, I think of just the light green/white part that we don't eat, but that gets pickled and sold at high prices. Yet "peeling" a piece of watermelon doesn't sound like something people would readily do, it doesn't seem like it would be very easy.

The outside skin is hard (dark green glossy covering). So do they actually peel it? Or does the horse enjoy crunching through that outside part? What's the skinny on watermelon rind?

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  Stirup question
Posted by: BreezedBayou - 02-08-2006, 02:04 AM - Forum: Fitting Your Saddle to You - Replies (10)

I have been asking so many questions but I am saving for a new saddle and I want to make sure I am getting the right thing. I am looking for a deep seat saddle, maybe a barrel. Currently I don't know my saddle brand but I have an Arabian mare that is between 15 and 15.1 hands. The seat is 15" stretching it which I think is small for me and I asked my trainer and she agreed. I am 5'5 and weigh 150 lbs give or take, ok give, a pound.

I have a stirup problem. When I raise my stirups I bounce all over in the sitting trot which everyone says most likely my stirups are too short so I lowered them to measure an arms lenght from the stirup to wear it attaches to the saddle but when I sit in it and try to keep my heel lined up with my hip and ear my ankles roll outward and twist, my foot pretty much rolls to the outside and it feels sooo uncomfortable [V]! The only way I can get relief is to put weight on the stirups and push forward.

Does anyone know of any stirup adjustments that I need to make or look for when I buy a new one?

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