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    10-05-2010, 06:31 PM
New Horse, What To Buy

I will be getting rosie in a couple weeks so I need tack for her. I hopefully will be getting her a saddle and bridle for Christmas but for now we will just use one of the saddles and bridles we already have. But I need help knowing what to buy :(. She is a 15hh Appy/Arab mare. I think she is a medium tree in english, the guy wasn't sure. She is being ridden in a sweet iron, loose ring, single jointed snaffle. She is totally resistant to pressure, it takes her forever to give in and sometimes she won't turn one way. What bit should I get for her? He also rides her with a running martingale(do I need that? He uses it because he did western pleasure as a kid/teen and he feels more secure with it.). I am looking into a wintec 500 with elastic girth. What type of stirrup irons should I get? I will be doing mainly just pleasure stuff with her and hopefully some jumping once she is riding well. Do I need any boots for her? Anything else I need tackwise?
Thanks in advance,
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    10-05-2010, 07:18 PM
I forgot to ask, what brand/type of saddle pad would you guys suggest? Also, which online tack stores do you guys prefer?
    10-05-2010, 08:12 PM
I don't know the answers to your questions (i'm a new horse owner) But I wanted to tell you that your horse is BEAUTIFUL! I have an Appy and I love Appys!
    10-05-2010, 08:59 PM
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Absolutely Darling!

Girl, that is the cutest little appy/arab package o' horse.! She is really tidily built and will be an awesome horse if you treat her right. I LIKE her!
It doesn't matter the stuff. Get a saddle that fits, you and her. Stirrup irons? The same old same old, filis irons will be fine. IF you get a Wintec, get the wintec webbers stirrup leathers, they are very convenient to change length.
As for a bit. I believe a plain old snaffle, either the standard single joint or a double. I like the French link bit and I really like the KK ultra, which is a fancy French link. They are pricey but I find nearly any horse goes well in them.
Getting her to move off of pressure will start on the ground, getting her to move off of YOU, and the pressure you exert with your body and your presence, via the lead line. I think round pen work is the base for a good start.
If you want to start straight to the saddle, do a lot of lateral work, including disengaging the hind end to soften her brace. She doent' appear to have an upside down neck or other signs of a horse that has gone a long time in a bracey , resistant posture. She is so nice looking! I am jealous.

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