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  1. Horse Training
    I have just started loaning a 5 year old horse for the Summer and am looking to get him straighter in all gates and to accept the bend on the left hand rein. He accepts the bit well for his age and has a willing attitude although is quite uptight so is difficult to relax. I have owned ponies...
  2. Endurance Riding
    Hey y'all! I was just wondering if anyone can give some advice, tips, etc. on how to condition my horse for riding 20-30 miles a day without spending 3 hours riding her. You see, I would like to do the Trails 4 Transplants ride next year (It is a long-distance, multiple-week long trail ride to...
  3. Horse Health
    Over the last summer I had been working a lot with Navigator on getting him fit and to lose weight - he was very heavy and at risk for founder. I started dry lotting him when we moved to our new barn, and it took a while but he did eventually lose enough and was down to a good weight around...
  4. Horse Riding & Horse Activity
    It's starting to get warm and dry out here so I'm finally able to start riding a little more regularly. All last summer/fall I worked really hard at keeping Nav in shape and dry lotted him for most of that time to help him lose weight - he was very heavy, and at risk for founder over the...
  5. Endurance Riding
    Hi all! What are your opinions on Heart Rate Monitors for training and conditioning? I would also be using this tool as a GPS for training rides so I won't get lost (ha!) but mainly for the heart rate monitoring abilities. Is a purchase like this worth it for conditioning a new endurance...
  6. Endurance Riding
    I have no clue what to do with my situation, so I figure I'll turn to the creativity and intelligence of the forum population and see if y'all have any ideas. I wanted to do endurance, bought a (mostly) arab mare, conditioned her, and started on LDs. Did a couple and LOVED it. Unfortunately...
  7. Horse Tack and Equipment
    I gallop my gelding about twice a week for conditioning work and I usually just use the same simple snaffle he always wears. But out of curiosity (and the fact that I may be getting in a couple projects soon and need ideas) what type of bit do you use for galloping?
  8. English Riding
    I've recently been conditioning an Arab for eventing, we're working on getting his head down and such, and as devoted as I am to eventing I've been looking into endurance as well. Do these disciplines go sort of hand-in-hand? Do any of you out there have a horse that actively participates in both?
  9. Horse Tack and Equipment
    I have an old saddle that I am looking into having repaired, but I'm not really sure if it would be worth it or not. It's in pretty rough shape, the leather is cracked in several places, the seams at the bottom edge of the flaps are coming undone and the padding is showing on one side. The...
  10. Horse Tack and Equipment
    So, I'm starting to put my horse back into hard work. Over the summer she was worked five days a week for 1-2hrs but in the last few weeks with school, an internship, and work I haven't really had time to ride. My friend and I have decided to push each other to keep riding all winter and I am...
  11. Horse Training
    Heyy, I've got a 6 year Arab gelding that I'm trying to get ready for endurance racing. I ride him 6-7 days a week for an hour doing a variety of things, circles, walk/trot/canter, poles, LOTS of trail. Is there anything else I should be doing with him to get him in shape for a 50 mile ride...
  12. Horse Shows
    I'm planning on taking my project horse to an open show soon. I am working him from being a trail horse into being my show horse, but this is going to be his first show. So in your opinion, how many classes are too many (minus showmanship and halter, I suppose)? Should I be conditioning my horse...
  13. Horse Training
    This summer I really want to whip my lease into shape. Last summer I worked with him quite a bit but I was rather naieve and never thought to condition him or slowly bring him into the work I wanted to do with him (even though it was only very basic work). Because he hadnt been worked all winter...
  14. Horse Health
    Ok, so I've just started leasing a 20 year old TB. He used to jump 6ft, but hasn't been ridden in over a year. I was wondering how you would go about conditioning him. I'm hoping to have him jump again (not nearly as high of course) if he passes his vet check. Thanks!!
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