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    08-16-2012, 12:28 PM
Sorry, Nik..... not Niko. Dang you, autocorrect
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    08-16-2012, 12:36 PM
Originally Posted by Weezilla    
Nik, the vast majority of posters agree with you on the saddle issue.As in, all but one.
Yeah... I know... just was hesitant to "call out" one person, LOL!

I say just grab her. It would be a shame to lose out. You can work on getting aquainted and getting her in shape until a space in the dressage barn comes open.
Gah, if only it were that simple. I'm searching for an (affordable) barn and really need to make sure I actually GET the new job (it's mine, provided we can work out salary details. I asked for a ridiculously high amount, and now I'm waiting for them to come back with a counter-offer. Dang attorneys!). At any rate, once I am sure I can afford to board a horse nearby, I have to find a good barn since my first choice is full. :( I don't want to just buy her and throw her on my parents' property because I would never have the opportunity to work with her, and wouldn't have a dressage instructor to work with.

Originally Posted by Weezilla    
And Niko, you said that you're unfamiliar with what makes a good dressage horse. May I suggest you take a peek at DuffyDuck's young horse Dubai in her video on the first post of her thread
First lesson on Dubai -video-

He's delicious! And he's a BIG baby - 16.3 at under 4 y.o., according to her bio.
Agreed! I <3 him!

Originally Posted by Weezilla    
Sorry, Nik..... not Niko. Dang you, autocorrect
LOL, I'll answer to just about anything, no worries!
    08-16-2012, 12:59 PM
Maybe you could do a deposit with first right of refusal with the rescue?
I don't know if you're on the CoTH forums, but you might find suggestions near you in their search engine. I can search for you if you let me know your general area.
    08-16-2012, 01:24 PM
Originally Posted by Weezilla    
Maybe you could do a deposit with first right of refusal with the rescue?
I don't know if you're on the CoTH forums, but you might find suggestions near you in their search engine. I can search for you if you let me know your general area.
I'm not sure what the CoTH forums are...

I'm in South Range, WI, near Superior, WI/Duluth, MN.
    08-16-2012, 01:27 PM
Originally Posted by Weezilla    
Maybe you could do a deposit with first right of refusal with the rescue?
I can definitely ask... but the rescue does state on their website that they require an approved application (which requires photos and descriptions of the property where the horse will be kept) before they'll even talk to you about a horse.
    08-16-2012, 02:33 PM
Nik, I've visited that rescue the owners are fabulous and really do care about the horses. I have a friend who takes horses from there, she fosters them and puts miles on they go up for adoption! Stormy is gorgeous and pictures don't do her justice! I'd say she would definitley be good for lower level dressage. Good luck with her! I would go try her out! If you're not sure where you are keeping her yet, I would send pictures of your current barn and let them know that she will be at a different barn, then when you find the place you can send them updated pictures. They are very willing to help when it comes to that sort of stuff, they just really look out for the horses well being. (:
    08-16-2012, 02:38 PM
Thanks, Annanoel!

I have a friend who adopted a donkey from there and she very highly recommends them, too!

Unfortunately my horses are in barbed wire (I know, terrible!) and the rescue has rules against barbed wire (for good reason). Re-fencing (there are a few posts that would need to be replaced, and we'd need to put insulators on all of them) would be quite the project.
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    08-16-2012, 02:47 PM
Aw, yes they are one of the stricter rescues around here regarding the rules and contract. You also have to have a full work up done on the horse every year and the results sent in by a certain date. It is for the horses, but this does eliminate some people like me from adopting. Not because of the vetting, but because of the strict fencing issue. We have over 40 acres fenced and a few places are barbed in the back where cattle used to be and it's slowly being replaced. We have a fantastic barn and facilities, but I do understand why they do it.

She is very beautiful though. I always had my eye on Ace of Spades there, but he got adopted obviously before we could finish the fencing. A lot of nice horses are always there though. I do hope everything works out for you both!
    08-16-2012, 03:04 PM

You have a PM.
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    08-16-2012, 04:09 PM
Re: Wintecs

Far too many people believe that because of the changeable gullet system, air panels, etc.. that the saddles are an end all be all for any horse and can be made to fit anything, when in fact this is far from the truth. Like any saddle they must be correctly fit to the horse and, like any saddle, they will likely only "work" in about 10% of cases. It is for this reason that I do not like the saddles as they are marketed falsely to the public and in my experience have lead to a lot of horses with bucking problems, behavior issues and severe saddle soreness. Not to mention the synthetic materials used throughout the saddle. I also feel like they actually hinder a classical dressage position and instead force the rider to adopt a concave backed stance on the horse and for myself in particular have caused pain issues in the lower back and knees unless the saddle is 2-3 sizes too large for the rider.

While yes, they can be a great saddle, IMO a "natural" material saddle is going to give the horse and rider a better feel, conform to the shape of a horse better and last longer in better condition. As well a leather saddle will generally be produced less by machine and more by hand, providing a higher standard of quality in general. A Wintec might work for your horse, but I've not seen a horse in person that the saddle has worked for. Lots of bouncing cantles, panels and popped air sacks, and the need to replace the saddle every few years due to "parts failure".
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