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  1. My first horse was an angel from heaven. I could...

    My first horse was an angel from heaven.
    I could to into a HUGE pasture without even a piece of baling twine, touch him, and he would follow me in. He would stand untied for grooming and tacking...
  2. "Common Sense Horsemanship" by Vladimir Littauer....

    "Common Sense Horsemanship" by Vladimir Littauer. This book got me into the Forward Seat, which I am still riding decades later even though, since I have MS, I no longer jump or gallop.

    "The Way...
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    Yep, mood swings when getting a stallion. ...

    Yep, mood swings when getting a stallion. Perfectly normal, I suspect that even experienced breeders get the same type of mood swings when they change course with a new stallion.

    Right now, along...
  4. I've ridden barefoot horses for over 40 years...

    I've ridden barefoot horses for over 40 years (putting on shoes when needed.)

    I have had the most problems with soreness just after farrier trims. IF a farrier just goes ahead and trims the hoof...
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    When I was looking on Ebay for Prussian sided...

    When I was looking on Ebay for Prussian sided offset stirrups I kept running into WESTERN offset stirrups, and there were lots more of the Western offsets than the English offset stirrups! But no...
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    The BIG problem with grooms is that they have to...

    The BIG problem with grooms is that they have to care about the horse. The BIG problem with riders/trainers is that they have to be willing to listen to the groom, or to the horse.

    That said I...
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    I do not know if this would apply at all. ...

    I do not know if this would apply at all.

    Several times my first horse would literally disappear under me, usually on the trail. I finally realized he only did this when I was trying to RELAX my...
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    Hi princessfluffybreeches, thanks for the...

    Hi princessfluffybreeches, thanks for the complement, but I am hardly one to teach the finer points of dressage, since I don't ride it.

    A thought on flexions. In the American Forward Seat system...
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    You might really enjoy reading "The Way to...

    You might really enjoy reading "The Way to Perfect Horsemanship" by Udo Burger. This was the book that showed me the way to true lightness in riding and soft, effective communication with the horse....
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    Just a little about riding with a Weymouth curb...

    Just a little about riding with a Weymouth curb bit.

    During a particularly boring summer I decided to see if I could ride my Anglo-Arab in just a Weymouth 5" shank curb with a curb chain, with my...
  11. Hot water, aspirin (only with food or a glass of...

    Hot water, aspirin (only with food or a glass of water), and COFFEE.

    Coffee is a major part of my pain relief regimine.

    Traumheel also helps a good bit if I take it right away when I get...
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    I got to ride today! No jacket, didn't have to...

    I got to ride today! No jacket, didn't have to use my bit warmer or butt blanket, the sun was shining and it got warm.
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    "Form Over Fences" by Jane Marshall Dillon. ...

    "Form Over Fences" by Jane Marshall Dillon. There are several copies on Amazon for $20.00 or less.

    This book is packed with pictures and is about the rider jumping from take off to landing. ...
  14. There is a state of being that I call being "soul...

    There is a state of being that I call being "soul wounded" which is very hard to recover from.

    If you do not want grief counseling would you consider PTSD counseling?

    After having to put so...
  15. Hi myhorsefaith, I also wondered about the width...

    Hi myhorsefaith, I also wondered about the width of the chin strap since it was so much wider than the chin straps of the dropped and figure-8 nosebands I used to have.

    So to see if it made any...
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    Elles, this is just a feeling I got from the...

    Elles, this is just a feeling I got from the picture.

    If you have to give up 50% ownership/control consider going with the horseperson/trainer who is willing to go SLOW, at least for the first six...
  17. The old Arab mare that inspired me to remove the...

    The old Arab mare that inspired me to remove the Micklem chin strap was already being ridden in a regular English hook-stud bridle without a noseband.

    She STILL approved of the Micklem bridle,...
  18. I did it. On all three of my Micklem bridles. ...

    I did it. On all three of my Micklem bridles.

    The reasons I did it were: One mare loved the Micklem bridle until I buckled the chin strap. Then she was not happy since I had to force the bit...
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    In a hot blood horse character can make minor...

    In a hot blood horse character can make minor conformation faults a minor consideration. Horses express their character a lot in the way they move as well as how they look at things of interest to...
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    Thank you Btdt, I really enjoyed watching that. ...

    Thank you Btdt, I really enjoyed watching that.

    One reason I liked him so much, was that, in the distance shots, he resembled a good ASB, neck set on high, flexible poll, a horse that is built to...
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    Congratulations to your horse, Elles! He looks...

    Congratulations to your horse, Elles!

    He looks like a living flame.
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    I do not know if this would work for this...

    I do not know if this would work for this gentleman.

    Occasionally I have big problems dismounting, like I can't get myself to stand in the stirrups.

    What REALLY helps is if a person on the...
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    You may also want to consider hemp seed...

    You may also want to consider hemp seed powder--it just takes one scoop a day.

    Hemp has all the omegas, including GLA (gamma linoleic (sp?) acid), the one Omega 6 that is ANTI-inflammatory, as...
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    May you have a speedy recovery.

    May you have a speedy recovery.
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    I cured myself of pivoting on my knees by being...

    I cured myself of pivoting on my knees by being conscious of gripping ONLY with my calf after I get my heels down.

    On some horses that means my knees are not really against the saddle. My lower...
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