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        11-30-2010, 02:34 AM
    Since the cinching may be an issue, you might want to look at the Weaver brand smart cinches.
    Cinch Up Your Horse With Smart Cinch | Roll Snug Cinch Buckle | Weaver Leather
    They will make it so much easier to get the cinch tighter like it should be.

    If you look in the "Horse Tack and Equipment" section here, there are a lot of stickied threads at the top talking about all kinds of bits and how to properly fit your saddle.
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        11-30-2010, 07:58 AM
    I like to stick to plain old smooth mouth snaffles or rope halters when riding :) I have seen alot of demage done with hackamores so I don't like them. Ever see a horse break it's nose I have and it isn't pretty
        11-30-2010, 08:03 AM
    Green Broke
    A single or double rope nose side pull is another good bitless option. You have a bit more control than a rope halter, but no leverage to worry about.

    I like the Smart Cinches too. I have one and it's very easy to get tightened up. I'd recommend the mohair version as it's "grippy" on the horse to help prevent saddle roll, and more comfortable (breathable with a touch of give). If your saddle fits well (and your horse has some withers), you should be able to ride without the girth super tight.
        11-30-2010, 04:39 PM
    Thanks for starting this thread. I've learned alot too. Keep up the good work!
        07-14-2012, 02:16 PM
    I think that one of the most important things to know is when your horse is colicking. Be aware of how your horse acts when she is healthy so that you can catch colic as soon as possible. Here are just a few main colic signs that I like to remember.
    -continuous rolling
    -continuous laying down and getting up
    -nipping at belly
    -lack of appetite

    Basically, if you catch colic quickly treatment will be easy.

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