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  1. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    Hi all! I need help with this situation… I have a 12 year old haflinger that will bite my legs when I try getting her to trot or canter. I’ve ruled out all possible medical issues.. it’s not the saddle.. nor the pad.. she lunges just fine, I’ve been doing loads of groundwork to help...
  2. Horse Talk
    I recently had to put a heart horse, Marco, to sleep, and although I only half-leased him for 1 year, but the loss was still unfathomable. I only found out yesterday, and we had now warning whatsoever. It went from "he's getting better, just a few more months" to going say goodbye. Sense I half...
  3. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    A horse I rode recently much preferred long, loose reins. He kept tossing his head and fidgeting when I tried to shorten the reins. Having long reins made it more difficult for me to steer. Is there a way that I could get the horse to allow shorter reins?
  4. General Riding queries
    Hi everyone! Just a newbie trying to get some advice on moving up levels; read on if you want details : ) I've been riding English for almost a year now (eleven months on the fifteenth) and have had no riding experience prior to this. I've been flatting and am currently working on getting...
  5. Horse Shows
    I'm pretty new to riding, i'm coming up to about 7 months now and I'll be doing my first show in April!! I want to start familiarizing myself with what type of classes there are so I had a question about what some classes mean? Does Under-saddle mean the horse is judged more than the rider...
  6. General Riding queries
    Hi guys. So, I had a bit of a rough day today. I recently bought a horse about a month ago and have been practicing bareback riding with her. It's been going decent, but sometimes I'm not for sure if she's just being ornery, or just does not understand my commands. Anyway, I went to go ride...
  7. Barn and Riding Wear
    so i ordered a pair of paddock boots but they wont be here until a week or two. i've mentioned i've been riding in sneakers and other trainer was fine with it, but i really don't want show up to new trainer in my converse.... ;; is it ok if i wear ankle rain boots? they look exactly like this...
  8. General Riding queries
    I have a 19 year old pony mix standing just under 13 hands, around 700 pounds at ideal weight. He is pretty fine boned and narrow. I am almost 18 years old, around 130 pounds, and 5'4'' tall. He does not show any signs of struggling to carry me, sometimes he is lazy on the trails and I worry...
  9. General Riding queries
    hi everyone hope you're all having a good day :) i've ridden twice in the past and am not currently but definitely planning starting again soon. only thing is, i seriously struggle with mental health especially socializing with other people. i've been to two different stables in the past and...
  10. General Riding queries
    I've got another bit of a question for you guys. This time it involves working with a trainer/riding instructor. I have a riding instructor that I've been working with August and I literally have barely improved. So I'd just like a bit of an outside opinion on this since I've been thinking...
  11. General Riding queries
    For the past few rides, my mare has decided she suddenly doesn't want to circle before pole/barrel runs. She will do just about anything to get out of it. As soon as I get her to trot and even so much as tip her head she freaks. She pulls through the bit, dead stops, half rears or baby bucks and...
  12. General Riding queries
    Hey guys. So I'm having some issues with riding and I'd like to hear how guys have dealt with similar experiences. Basically, my current issue is that for some reason, I cannot balance at the trot. What this ends up looking like is my legs occassionally pushing more forward or backward instead...
  13. Western Riding Queries & Competition sub forums
    I've been riding for 7 years, and owned my horse for 4 years. I've been in lessons since the start and typically ride 2/3 times a week. I'm trying to ride more often but... I'm BORED! I never thought I'd say that in relation to horses but here I am. I normally just practice the same things I'd...
  14. Member Journals
    Well, the time has finally come that I'm going to be moving my mare to the stables. I had hoped the one pen would get cleared on the property so that I could work with Roxy at home, but that doesn't seem to be happening so I got in contact with the barn owner and she told me I was allowed 2...
  15. Cowboy and Western Dressage
    Who else competes in western dressage? I'm currently competing in the Intro tests at mostly schooling level with a recognized show coming up. I have an APHA/AWSSR registered gelding who LOVES it! I've completely fallen in love with the discipline.
  16. Barn and Riding Wear
    Does anyone have any recommendation for jeans that hold up to thigh rubs? I'm short and curvy and have a tough time finding jeans. I ride western dressage so I am in jeans constantly.
  17. General Riding queries
    So I'm just looking for second opinions while I'm looking into some things. So a bit a back story real quick: I went for my first real ride on my mare, Roxy, on Monday. This was both a success and a failure. Basically, I saddled her up and hopped on, planning on only using the halter since...
  18. Horse Riding Critique
    I usually do not go bareback riding unless i am in a hurry. I don't even know if bareback riding feels good to my horse. Thats why i want to know if bareback riding is comfortable for a horse. TIA
  19. Horse Tack, blankets and Equipment Queries
    So I've got a bit of a problem. I've had my mare for 2 months now, and I still don't have a saddle for her >.< When I look on FB, they either are the wrong seat size, gullet size, or priced in the thousands. And it's the same story when I look on Kijiji and I don't get much in the way of...
  20. English Riding Queries & Competition sub forums
    Hi everyone :) I'm new to the forums, so I hope I'm in the right place. I'm dealing with some nervousness of getting back in the saddle. A little bit about me: I started riding at 9 and ended up in hunter/jumper. I stopped jumping around the age of 16 (I was doing shows at 3 foot) and then...
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