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post #1 of 10 Old 05-09-2016, 01:36 PM Thread Starter
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Hello everyone! My hubby and I are about to purchase a small farm and I will finally, after nearly 50 years, have horses! I have been taking horsemanship lessons to insure I do right by the horses we get. Going to start with two. I have ridden my whole life but never had one of my own. I ride western and among other things, need a gel seat cushion for my saddle. Advice/suggestions? Please feel free to share input and stories of your own to help guide me! Thanks!

Oh...also...I intend to get my horses from a rescue. I have done small animal rescue for many years.
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Howdy, and welcome.

FYI, it is spelled W-H-O-A.
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post #4 of 10 Old 05-09-2016, 03:55 PM
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In regards to the saddle--I would hold off on purchasing one until you get your horses. That way you can ensure it will fit them properly.
Congratulations on your new farm!!
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LOL. I was never fond of Appaloosas. When I started working with my advisor, the horse she taught me to comb and hoof pick, etc. happened to be a 31 year old Appaloosa. Yeah...I fell in love with her! Her personality just shines and somehow, if this makes any sense at all, I feel like she and I have some kind of connection! Despite he age, she absolutely exudes ornery and personality plus yet is so gentle and responds to the slightest cue.
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post #6 of 10 Old 05-09-2016, 04:03 PM Thread Starter
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I do know that. Was looking for a saddle cushion, gel perhaps. I have very little personal padding, lol. so would like something to improve comfort. ;)
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post #7 of 10 Old 05-09-2016, 05:15 PM
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I have a gel seat cushion. goes for $40 new. this one has never been actually used, but it is not pristine looking , as it's been kicking around the barn. it is for a western saddle, is a Weaver brand.

Weaver Gel Seat Pad -

I could send it to you for $15 plus shipping. (I'd guess shipping to be about 5 to 8 $)
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Welcome! :)
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post #9 of 10 Old 05-12-2016, 01:00 PM
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Take your time on finding the best horses. Rescues can be great. But a know of more than one person that has gotten an older horse to find that after a year or two, they can no longer ride. They then are faced with feeding and caring for till the end of life. Many have been turned off by this. Older horses can be great. Just think and do what is best for you.
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post #10 of 10 Old 05-12-2016, 03:46 PM
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Welcome to the forum! I'm happy to see you will get to realize a life-long dream of both owning land and horses.

My only issue with rescues is that many of them retain ownership of the horses legally, so make sure you are 110% comfortable with the fact that you will be answering to them for many years to come. Some folks, including myself, are not 100% comfortable with never having full legal ownership of their animals which can be taken away from them for any reason. But, that is for you to decide.
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