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  1. Horse Tack and Equipment
    Hi all, I would like a second opinion on this saddle fitting. I did get a saddle fitter out, and it did apparently fit however there seems to be a little bit of pressure in the bars by the wither in my personal opinion. I was wondering if someone who rides western more understands whether the...
  2. Horse Tack and Equipment
    We are fairly new to horses and have a question about saddle blankets for western riding. Our mares are fairly straight backed and we were told that our saddle pads are too thick Causing the saddle to move around on their back and we only needed a blanket about 1/2 inch for them. The only...
  3. Horse Tack and Equipment
    I have an English saddle that is really light brown in color, and I for the life of me cannot find a bridle to match it. They are all just too dark! So, I know you can dye Western saddles (as black dyed saddles are really "in" right now) but can you dye an English saddle? I know I wouldn't want...
  4. Horse Tack and Equipment
    Alright, so I am sure this is a fairly common question. I have a decent little saddle, nothing fancy, honestly. But sound, in good condition, and comfortable. I bought it as a project to have fun with and maybe learn a thing or two for reconditioning/refurbishing saddles. It's going well so far...
  5. Horse Tack and Equipment
    So I have been tirelessly looking for a western saddle for my thoroughbred. Probably obvious, but I'm having a hell of a time. I'm pretty sure that I take a 16" seat but I can't for the life of me find something that isn't full quarter horse. And in my budget. It looks like I MAY have found one...
  6. Barn and Riding Wear
    I have ridden english for the entirety of my riding career, with only occasional "playdays" in western. I was offered and accepted a summer job guiding trail rides and helping with backcountry pack trips... and I wanted a pair of ****** for looks and also protection. Now as a college student I...
  7. Horse Tack and Equipment
    Hi everyone! I'm looking for a really solid ranch/all-around type saddle. I have a Circle Y work saddle and I don't like it at all. It throws me forward, and the leather quality isn't what I wanted. I refuse to buy a saddle with plastic-y leather ever again. I want something really solid with...
  8. Horse Tack and Equipment
    Hello, I am currently looking at a saddle to buy but know nothing about the brand. It is a Dakota with new blevins, new conchos, new d rings, and was apparently professionally conditioned and oiled. I dont know if theyre good quality or what it would be worth. I couldnt get pictures on here so...
  9. Horse Riding & Horse Activity
    My kids (ages 5 and 7) have been taking lessons beginner lessons over the summer. We likely won't be able to continue once school starts, but either way - I would like to help them practice at home. Does anyone have any tips? They ride English at the barn, but we do western at home. So far...
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Horse Tack and Equipment
    Needing some help with western saddle shopping. Right now I'm looking to upgrade my saddle and get more a low-seat pleasure/equitation ride. I've been borrowing a friend's Blue Ribbon and it is insanely comfortable for my body. I can't afford a Blue Ribbon or Harris myself, even the work...
  13. English Riding
    My horse is a former ranch/games horse from what I know of his history. I'm transitioning him into English since he moves like an English horse and has taken to jumping and dressage much more than anything western. He takes up contact well and rounds his back well - but only in a western curb...
  14. Horse Riding & Horse Activity
    Hi fellow horse lovers! I really need advice. I have taken the winer off from riding and am going to be starting it again in the spring. When I start riding again I will be riding at a different barn- this new barn offers lessons in both Western and English, whereas the one I went to previously...
  15. New to Horses
    Hi! I'm super new to this place so I hope I'm doing this right... I've been a horse girl for pretty much my entire life, but only now am going to start taking riding lessons. However, I'm not sure if I should start with English or Western. I've heard many people say both and it's gotten really...
  16. Horse Showmanship
    Hi - My daughter shows her Morgan horse at high school equestrian meets (its a sport at her high school). In the rule book it says for showmanship that they horse equipment is breed specific. She was showing in Western Showmanship and they told her her show halter was incorrect. I tried...
  17. Horse Riding & Horse Activity
    I am in a bit of a conundrum. I want to start riding lessons, but have no idea what discipline or level I should start in, based on what experience I already have. Since certain barns only offer certain disciplines, I'm hoping to figure out what direction to go before selecting a place to begin...
  18. Western Pleasure
    Hi guys, I have been riding English for my whole life,I'd like to try Western riding sometime! Any suggestions on where I can learn or try out in Vancouver or Langley? Thanks!
  19. Horse Tack and Equipment
    Hey everyone! So over the past week I had both of my complete tack sets stolen out of my locked tack room. I am having some issues branding what brands my saddles are so I can put the names when listing them as stolen. I got both of them when I was really young and honestly had NEVER thought...
  20. Horse Tack and Equipment
    Hey everyone! I'm soon approaching that point with my 4 y/o mare where I would like to start getting her used to a shanked bit. She works really nicely in a snaffle and bosal, and is neck reining like a champ. But as most of you know, for western show classes once a horse is over 5 they are...
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