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        09-23-2013, 11:49 PM
      #11
    Foal
    Great advice!!! Tlkng1 !!! :)
         
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        09-24-2013, 08:46 AM
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    Green Broke
    Tlkng- Boiling wont kill some of the nastier bugs, so boil them then put them in a bowl with a milton tablet (milton tablets are used for sterilising babies bottles)
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        09-24-2013, 12:16 PM
      #13
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    I highly suggest you do NOT get rubber or rubber lined reins. The rubber ones are too thick for a person to hold neatly in a CLOSED hand. And the rubberized surface makes it hard to make fine adjustments withint your hand because they stick to your gloves.
    I know the stops sewn onto the rein come in handy for a beginner to help you judge whether or not you are holding your reins at even /uneven lengths.

    Jerry's Harness is a bit pricey.

    Most pathogens cannot survive on a dry metal surface for more than a few hours, but I would probably sterilize first any used bit I bought. Common bleach kills practically everything.
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        09-24-2013, 12:28 PM
      #14
    Trained
    For what it's worth, don't use your schooling tack for showing. Use your show leather tack until it's JUST broken in, then clean/oil it and store it until you show. Buy better quality, even synthetic if you like synthetic, for everyday schooling. Nothing is worse, IMO than going into a class with well worn tack where a rein or check piece, or other, breaks. I've had it happen in the middle of battle, in the middle of a trail ride and other times. And, I have a LOT of leather left over from my 26 years in CW Reenacting.
    Now that I just pleasure ride I take more time to check my tack. =b
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        09-25-2013, 09:54 PM
      #15
    Foal
    Thanks everyone for all of the posts! I really appreciate it! :)

    My saddle is on its way, and I have a Bobby's black leather snaffle headstall I found used, but in great condition for $40.00...everything is just for schooling/lessons to start...the consignment tack shop has a set of Bobby's plain leather in black for $80. And a set of Arc de Triomphe plain black leather reins for $100. That I am going to feel over the weekend, and put on layaway with the KK bit...just need to decide between the loose ring or d ring...bits my Morgan-"Spyder" has used are both 5" and 5"1/2".

    I also ordered Centered Riding, 101 Dressage, and an In Hand book for study.

    I have been exercising the Spanish horses daily, and saw pics of my seat today...so much better! I am amazed! I think I looked like a water balloon shaped frog last spring.

    We are riding in double reins, and a serretta, so I feel pretty confident about my even-ness in the reins, and like the feel of smooth leather.
    We use a rubberized long rein for longing, and agree that rubber "sticks".

    I can't wait to get started for myself...and Spyder! I am also looking forward to my trot muscles coming back! Lol and the day where I don't feel like I should have duck tape on my boots for keeping the ball of my foot in the stirrup! I got heels down, but I still bounce!
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        09-25-2013, 10:46 PM
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    For what it's worth, don't use your schooling tack for showing. Use your show leather tack until it's JUST broken in, then clean/oil it and store it until you show. Buy better quality, even synthetic if you like synthetic, for everyday schooling. Nothing is worse, IMO than going into a class with well worn tack where a rein or check piece, or other, breaks. I've had it happen in the middle of battle, in the middle of a trail ride and other times. And, I have a LOT of leather left over from my 26 years in CW Reenacting.
    Now that I just pleasure ride I take more time to check my tack. =b
    *shrug* I have always showed in my schooling tack. I have a nice bridle that I maintain properly, and barring some sort of incident there's almost no chance that something's going to break. To each their own though- some horses and humans are harder on tack than others, but my bridle has stayed show quality in the 7 or so years that I've had it!
         
        09-26-2013, 12:52 AM
      #17
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    Me too^. I don't have funds for schooling AND showing tack. But, if I was serious about showing, I would do that.
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