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  1. Saddle Fitting Issues
    I have this lovely little black and white mare that I can't seem to find a saddle to fit. she has big withers, so theoretically full quarter horse bars would fit, but she also has the short paso back, so most quarter horse saddles have skirts that are too long. I didn't realize right away that...
  2. English Riding
    I was looking to get my first saddle soon but I'm having trouble deciding on which one to get. I've mostly ridden in Western saddles (using direct rein, oddly enough) but there have been a couple times that I've ridden English when I was young. I feel a lot more secure in a Western saddle than I...
  3. Horse Tack and Equipment
    Hello everyone! I recently dug my mom's old saddle out of the garage and cleaned it up - out of curiosity I'm wondering if anyone would be able to identify the maker or age, since there's no discernible stamp or branding aside from the number (814) on the jockey. I've given it a good googling...
  4. Horse Tack and Equipment
    I'm going to college in August and I wanted to bring my western saddle that I don't ride anymore with me. I thought I could put it on the wall so it wasn't in my way because the room is too small for me to lose space for a saddle. My college doesn't allow holes in the wall, so does anyone...
  5. Horse Riding & Horse Activity
    Okay, I have a question. I had a riding lesson for the first time in about 3 years (I've done lessons on and off for almost 20 years now) and something came up that I guess I've just never heard before. Right now I'm still in Western and my instructor informed me to always keep my reins in the...
  6. Western Riding
    Hay Western People! :cowboy: Is it possible for me, a small town girl, to be a cowgirl in the Western life? I listen to sad, dark, & emo music all of this time, but would like to listen to country music & be into the Western cowgirl life now. Is that possible? I do own a pair of cowgirl boots...
  7. English Riding
    Hi! I've had these particular combat boots for a while now. They're government issued and were used in the Army and such. I was wondering if they'd be suitable for both english and western riding (more so english) since they do have a heel and, personally, they don't have a lot of traction...
  8. Horse Training
    Hi all, I just bought a sweet sweet quarter horse mare named Honey that my trainer rescued from a kill pen in colorado. She's perfectly healthy according to the vet just not very well muscled. I've ridden her exactly 2 times, the first time went awesome, second time (today) went... not so...
  9. Barrel Racing
    I am currently on the hunt for a new saddle and with all the different options out there I do not want to miss any in my hunt for one If you could leave some ideas that would be great! Anyone have any experience with the Double J Intimidator? Any specific style horse for the tree?
  10. Horse Tack and Equipment
    Hi Y'all! (Goodness, I just love saying that!) ;) I bought a western saddle, It's beautiful, but the tree is broken badly. I've included pictures of the saddle as well as the breaks. I've researched poorly made saddles, such as when the tree is made out of cheapy materials, and there is a...
  11. Tack and Equipment Classifieds
    Hello Everyone! I have a few clothing items that I have for sale. Used western and English show clothes for sale! The clothes vary from women’s medium to a women’s large. Please see measurements under each picture. Prices include shipping to the lower 48. Stored in a smoke free home and...
  12. Horse Training
    Hey guys! I'm working on pivots for HMS patterns. So far we've got a "correct" pivot down under saddle...but it's really slow. I'm not totally sure how to add a speed. It helps when I wear spurs but I prefer not to use them, and would like to find a different method of getting him motivated to...
  13. Horse Tack Reviews
    Hi I am looking for a pair of good quality western riding boots. I like the Justin Gypsy boots because of the style and the price. I noticed they have a thicker soul kind of like the Ariat Fatbaby's. Fatbaby's have a tendency to get caught in the stirrups because of the tread and the wideness of...
  14. Member Journals
    I wanted to start a journal documenting the progress my mare CoCo and I have made along the journey that is: showing. When I got into horses...about 10 years ago, now, I had no ambition to do anything other than just plod around on a horse. My horse, your horse, anybody's horse! I had no...
  15. Horse Tack and Equipment
    Okay so it's not definite yet, but I'm very likely going back to school in the fall and the program requires a list of equipment such as a western saddle, headstall, splint boots, etc. Because I almost exclusively ride English, I've got a few questions: 1. I ride in a 16.5 to 17.5 English...
  16. Saddle Fitting Issues
    I am a western rider, who's interested in a dressage saddle. I have quite a few friends who ride dressage, and they have given me some tips. Still, thought I'd ask. I'm interested in one because of comfort, and I'd like a new saddle. :) I have a 9 year old Arabian with no medical issues...
  17. Horse Tack and Equipment
    I recently purchased a used western headstall for my mare. It's in good condition and fits well. It was a little stiff upon initial purchase but nothing that couldn't be cleaned up with leather honey- it's already softening up. However- the sparkly silver stuff looks a little dull. I don't...
  18. Horse Tack and Equipment
    Hey there HF. I'm thinking of buying a pair of black Hobby Horse ultrasuede chaps to wear at shows this summer (I hear they're thinner and cooler to wear in hot weather?) I'm wondering if anybody has any experience with ultrasuede chaps? Any difference in quality or look from normal leather...
  19. Horse Shows
    I'm just wondering , what do they require you to do in a western pleasure class? How do they judge it? Do you need nice silver tack? Are some walk, jog and some walk, jog, lope? any answers related to western pleasure will be greatly appreciated. I'm new to showing western so I'm not sure how...
  20. Horse Training
    So I know for stocky breeds like appaloosas and quarter horses their headset is meant to be sort of level with their back. And for other breeds like the saddlebred, arab, tw, etc. their heads are meant to be high or similar to the dressage headset. But what about warmbloods? Like if you were to...
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