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  1. Horse Riding & Horse Activity
    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...
  2. Horse Riding & Horse Activity
    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...
  3. Horse Riding & Horse Activity
    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...
  4. Horse Riding & Horse Activity
    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...
  5. Horse Riding & Horse Activity
    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...
  6. Western Riding
    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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Horse Riding & Horse Activity
    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...
  11. 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
  12. Horse Tack and Equipment
    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...
  13. English Riding
    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...
  14. Horse Training
    Hello everyone! It's me again with my mare Vidra. She is awesome, her and I are so far from just in hand walking, I even ride her, and my younger sister does. So, since I been out of town for a month and a few days (still am) my younger sister is training Vidra, but she says Vicki is a little...
  15. Horse Talk
    As pat of my degree course, I need to collect data on a topic to include as part of my dissertation. My project is on the effect of backing horses at a young age and how this affects their health and performance. Please could you fill out the questionnaire in the link below and help me out...
  16. Horse Riding & Horse Activity
    Our family loves rodeos and farm work. Unfortunately we don't live on a farm but our grandparents do and aren't even 30 minutes away from us. But, I am the only one who rides the horses. My younger brother has taken a huge interest in Steer wrestling and wants to do it in the future along with...
  17. Western Riding
    I ride western and the horse I ride is a standardbred and his trot is very hard to sit his trot comfortably any pointers or tips?
  18. Horse Talk
    I have recently been extremely interested in hearing about other people's horsey routines! I would love it if anyone posted what they would do in their typical days, weeks and months in regards to their horse care. (when and what they feed their horses, what types of training you do together...
  19. Horse Breeds
    I'm new to Paints and ride a Breeding Stock Registry gelding (registered APHA solid.) Does anyone participate in the PAC program? I'm interested since I mostly show open shows and open dressage shows and won't be doing the Paint show level yet. Do people enjoy participating? Do you do the show...
  20. Horse Health
    A chiropractor told me that I need to build up a topline on my 13 year old Appaloosa gelding. Any suggestions of how I can build a topline on the ground as well as while riding him? Also how long does it usually take for a horse to build a topline? Thanks!
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