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  1. Horse Breeds
    Hi all! I’m looking at purchasing a 5 year old American Saddlebred gelding. 16.1 hands, nice hind end. I was speaking to a trainer I was looking to board/train with and she said that all the vets they’ve spoken with in the past note that ASB’s cannot jump due to their build and that they will...
  2. Horse Conformation Queries and Critique
    Hi, I am currently contemplating seeing this 5 year old Warmblood gelding as a prospective 3'6" hunter and am wondering if he is conformationally suitable. After some research, I feel he might be tying in at the knee and has low heels, but am unsure. Would love to know what others think about...
  3. Horse Health
    I want to start this by saying that I really don't intend for this to be inflammatory, though I understand it clearly looks that way. I'm open to any and all opinions and don't have a strong opinion of my own (which is why I'm bringing this to the general public). I don't show, I don't really...
  4. English Riding Queries & Competition sub forums
    Hi All. So I'm a male in my mid 20's who has been taking one hour private lessons at a hunter / jumper barn for a couple months now and have really enjoyed the experience. That said I have been experiencing some discomfort / chafing in my calves. I currently ride in cotton pants with tall riding...
  5. Ridden Showing, Hunter/Jumper, Equitation
    Hi! I have questions for those who have showed in ASB Hunter Country Pleasure. I had ridden Hunter Eq/Pleasure on Morgans before and Have questions on the differences. I started riding him in a pelham on my last ride. 1.) Should his head be higher than a hunter morgan or at the same level...
  6. Horse Riding Critique
    Hello! Long time reader, first time forum post! I recently got a few videos of my riding and I need some constructive advice. Horse is 16 year old, 16.2h Oldenburg/appy. He gets body work done but I know he has more trouble bending left than right. Tracking right I have to think of counter...
  7. English Riding Queries & Competition sub forums
    Help! My trainer will not let me jump and I have been riding for years. The first year I was learning how to tack up, groom and walk around. The 2nd year I was walking all by myself and even learned to also trot by myself. The 3rd year I worked on improving my trot and canter and then centered...
  8. Show Jumping
    Just want to preface this by saying I jump verrrrryyyy infrequently. I've jumped 4? times since September 2019. I want to get into jumping but my trainer is really in no rush. We're currently working on my posture, seat, and balance so she's setting me up for jumping but I just haven't actually...
  9. Horse Shows
    Hello! I was wondering if there was someone around with an USEF membership and a few minutes to spare who would be willing to help me out with a little something. I was given for free a horse a few months ago and I was told that he has an extensive show record in the hunter circuit in...
  10. General Riding queries
    To preface this question: I have been leasing a 9yr old OTTB for a year for the purpose of showing in the Hunters in the Midwest region. I have never owned a horse, I have always leased / shareboarded historically. Never really showed before due to not leasing or shareboarding horses that were...
  11. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    I just recently bought a 15 year old paint mare. I ideally would like to ride her in the local hunters or lower level eventing. The issue is that with any pressure applied to the bit and she puts her head straight up in the air. What can I do to get her to accept the bit and round up? She has...
  12. Hus

    Western Pleasure
    At the last show my horse was so soft in the warm up pen, then as soon as entered the show pen on the rail for HUS, he turned into a turd. He was pushy, wouldn't lower his head off my legs, wouldn't soften in the bridle, I tried and tried but couldn't get him back to how I know he can go at home...
  13. English Riding Queries & Competition sub forums
    I saw this show jacket on facebook and I'm absolutely in love with it.. But what discipline would you wear it for? It has almost the classic Hunter look, but it has 4 buttons? And it looks almost too "formal" for show jumping?? Unless that's just me. I don't have any experience with showing as...
  14. Barn and Riding Wear
    I've recently been on the look out for a new pair of show quality half chaps, but the problem is I can't seem to find a pair that a) I like and b) I can afford. my budget would probably be around $200 nz dollars which I suppose is about $140usd. Open to any brands. thanks:D
  15. Horse Tack, blankets and Equipment Queries
    I was wondering if a girth like this Wintec CAIR girth in brown would be acceptable in the hunter ring? Here is the link Wintec CAIR Girth - Closeout! | Horse and Pet Suppliers Thank you!
  16. Horse Riding Critique
    This is Ariat he is a 9 year old NSH and we want to start eventing. We also might play around with local hunter shows. This is an open critique be as harsh as you wish. Also, Ariat can be a tad difficult to get on the bit mostly at the canter. I appreciate everyone's input even if I do not...
  17. Horse Talk
    Hi everyone--you don't know me but I know many of you--I'm one of those 'lurkers' who reads but rarely comments. I hope this won't be considered 'advertising' so much as a gesture of thanks but I am proud to announce the publication of my first novel, entitled The Horse is Never Wrong, now...
  18. Horses for Sale and Wanted
    Offered for sale Ripley aka “Winchester” Ripley is a big 8 year old gelding by "Oxford". Standing 17.2 Ripley has a big stride and athletic jump. He is easy to frame up and light in your hands - With a relaxed and rhythmic canter making it easy to find distances. Bold and brave towards fences...
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