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  1. General Riding queries
    Hello, all. I've been lurking for a few weeks now and find this forum so great. I've worked up the courage to actually post now. Background: I just turned 44 and have a 5 year old daughter who has been taking lessons for a few months now. My father is actually an equine vet and I have grown up...
  2. General Riding queries
    Made this video, and others with my friend Teresa. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hND_P4_QM9k We are having a lot of fun making horse videos. Plan on making more and maybe venturing into possibly doing some vlogs. Its a bit silly... you've been warned! Hey new video! Check out these basics of...
  3. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    :think: So, I have a 7 y/o draft cross mare that anyone can ride in the ring. Beginner to advanced can get this mare to w/t in the ring. Yesterday i was doing hill work with her to "fix" a pulled stifle. My horse tires pretty quickly and I put my sister (she knows the basics of riding and is a...
  4. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    Hi. I'm new to horses and training, but I've done a ton of studying and watching of videos. I also take lessons twice a week and work really hard at doing things the right way for myself and the horse. I'm very motivated, 44 years old, with a healthy fear of falling from a horse - hence all my...
  5. Horse Tack, blankets and Equipment Queries
    I'm getting my first horse in a few months and I'm trying to make sure i've got everything i need! So far, I've got: Lunge line Saddle (thin) Saddle blanket Halter/bridle combo Halter Reins Lead rope Grooming box with ALL grooming supplies (brushes, hoof pic, curry comb, etcetc) Shampoo Feed...
  6. New and Returning members, introduce yourself here
    Hello, I am Victoria; a new member to these forums. Recently, I have been inspired to continue training with horses, and have hopes that this community will help guide me on such a path. Years ago I actively trained with horses, doing ground work with my trainer and helping to rehabilitate...
  7. Horse Talk
    Hi all, I'm a new user, but I've been digging around a bit and I thought it was time for me to register and talk to some horsey people. Here's my situation: I've been taking western riding lessons for a year and I've talked it over with my instructor and he thinks I'm capable of doing a...
  8. Horse Talk
    Hey, I need some guidance with buying a riding helmet. I am looking on Dover Saddlery website and there seems to be a variety of helmets and wide price range. Can anyone tell me if this helmet is a good one to have for a beginner? This one is inexpensive and certified, but do you think it does...
  9. General Riding queries
    So today, I am teaching my first lesson. I know the girl, and she knows the horse she is riding, I have seen her ride him, I am not too worried about her lesson. But this coming up week, I am teaching a lesson to a brand new beginner, on my horse, that she has never met before. Any tips when it...
  10. English Riding Queries & Competition sub forums
    Hi! My name is Marissa and I've been riding for four and a half years. But I'm still not sure what level I'm at. My first two years of riding were spent walking and trotting around an area for a half hour (I later found out that this wasn't "riding" at all) but then I changed barns and I had to...
  11. Horse Breeds
    I owned a pony at one time, sadly I had to give him away because he became too much for me to handle :-( Thankfully though he went to a very good seasoned horse owner that is working with him on manners. I know that I need a very calm and patient horse one that is going to bring my confidence...
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