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  1. Helmets -- Posted Here Cuz I Need All Input

    I don't post much anymore. But, I felt compelled. I work (guess worked, now as I am moving out of state in about week) at Dover, so helmets have become much more familiar to me. Yes, with that price you're going to tell a difference. GPA is a great brand, stylish or not. I myself ride in a Charles Owen JR8, it's the most comfortable helmet for me. Not to mention the fact that Charles Owen does some pretty extensive testing, more than any other brand and more than is required by law. Tipperary is a good brand too, they don't fit me. Ovation is on the okay end. I try to steer people away from Troxel as they just aren't the quality of helmet one should be using to protect their brain- yes they're certified- but that does not necessarily mean extremely safe. Also, I try to get people away from IRH too. I know a couple of people who have suffered brain injuries from falling off jumping in their IRH helmets. Fact of the matter is, each brand will fit differently. GPA fits people with more of a round shaped head, whereas Charles Owen fits people with more of an oval shaped head. Ovation is also in the round family, I would say. Also, if you get a GPA or a Charles Owen, make sure the helmet almost fits too tight. The padding will loosen, especially with the CO, almost a whole hat size after few rides. Should it give you a head ache? Almost.
  2. Pics Of Bella~Updated With Videos

    Your mare is lovely! I think she really has potential. However, I would be inclined to think a lot of her rooting is coming from being asked to come into frame too quickly. Going from no/minimal contact to being asked to accept it AND keep a "headset" is a difficult thing. It takes a lot of strength on the part of the horse to keep a "headset", they absolutely must work up to that kind of fitness. Her expressions in the photos without the training fork vs with it are incredibly different. I have used a training fork before, and in my experience it has an inclination to put the horse on the forehand/be too limiting. Ideally, you want a horse to learn to come round by sitting on her hindquarters and coming up and over the bit thru her back. A kimberwicke will NOT help her learn to *accept* contact, instead she will be even more mad about this whole idea of contact and evade the bit. You do not need a harsher bit. She may like something like a french link or a snaffle with a bean rather than a french link, they are softer than a single jointed snaffle. I take issue with the idea of a headset. If she accepts contact and can work from her hindquarters/back the headset will come naturally. It might be worth it to put her in side reins on the lunge line for a bit, starting with them loose, then eventually getting appropriate contact. This is all coming from a dressage rider. lol. But I will say again, I think your mare is absolutely lovely. And I think once she accepts the contact she's going to be a rockstar. She's really lovely, just needs some more time to adjust to the new training!
  3. Hi All, I don't post much anymore, not a lot of time with my last semester of college! But I am looking at moving to the Colorado Springs area in the summer. So I wondered if any of you ladies could help me with some suggestions! The barn doesn't have to be fancy. I just need a place that is going to be reliable and take great care of my horse. I need a stall and turnout/a run. An arena would be ideal, doesn't have to be an indoor though. And preferably under $450. Any ideas are appreciated!
  4. Are Hdr Bridles Soft?

    From working at Dover, I've noticed the softest bridles to be Vespucci and Showmark. :) No experience with HDR
  5. Dynamite Products

    I've found all of the products I've used to be very solid. I have a OTTB who can get pretty hot sometimes, I've used their "easy boy" product with great results for times that I need to reduce his anxiety level, like moving to a new farm etc. I boarded with a distributor for a while, so I've used/had experience with many of their products. The only problem is they can be difficult to come across.
  6. Hard To Keep Tb Mare

    Have to agree with Blondyb. My OTTB did not do well on lots of hay and a scoop and a half of grain (Ultium), so I changed his feed to a basic 10% Sweet freed from purina and bumped him up to two scoops of it 2x's a day, plus Cool Calories 2x's a day, and he gained a lot of weight and muscle. The Ultium is a good feed for some horses. It did not work well for my OTTB, because as I understand it it's a feed that you generally do not have to feed much of to keep a nice body condition. However, my guy was used to LOTS of grain and cutting the amount of grain he got with the ultium was just not for him. But now on the 2 scoops of grain and 1 scoop of cool calories 2x's daily he's in VERY good weight. They're interesting horses, OTTB's. As Blondyb said, they're used to getting a lot of grain and cutting them back is a shock to their system. Plus the fact that they can be notoriously picky about what hay they will eat.
  7. Silly Things Your Horse Has Spooked At.

    Cactus! lol. Poor guy thought they were gonna get him.
  8. Working With Racehorses?

    Could be a good idea. I've got some experience with racehorse training facilities: the private places are better. But the big facilities with several trainers and lots of staff can be kinda (read: a lot) sketch. There's good and bad to racing people. But you gotta be tough, girls, I have found don't get a lot of respect. You gotta be tough and you gotta prove yourself. If you do, you might be able to work your way up to exercise riding. :) Racehorses and racehorse people are an interesting bunch, some more so than others. lol. But you'd have a lot of stories, for sure. lol.
  9. On The Hunt

    You might check out the Ohio CANTER listings, they do OTTB's. Personally, I love mine. It was a little bit of an adjustment period for him to realize that there are gaits other than walk and gallop. lol. But, he is one of my favorite horses I've ever been around. Super sweet, calm, and has loads of personality. Link to CANTER horses: http://www.canterusa.org/index.php?option=com_alphacontent&view=alphacontent&Itemid=276
  10. Tb Mare

    This! When you think you have enough water on your beet pulp. . . add more. lol. It's amazing how much it soaks up! I used it on Zarb for a while, but then switched to more grain and cool calories.
  11. Tb Mare

    Hoku: Kudos to you for taking the advice. Sometimes, you absolutely MUST do things to keep the horse up. Little things at the barn, maybe even pet sitting/baby sitting this summer for a little extra cash. But, you seem to be on the right track. I have a TB that has been hard to put weight on, but I've worked with my BO to get a program that works for him. I suggest Cool Calories 100, the 8lb bucket will last you 3 months feeding 1 scoop twice a day. And the bucket of it is around $23.00 It's pretty cheap: and it's amazing. All of my friends have their OTTB's on it, and it's amazing. His diet is: Hay 3x's a day 2 Scoops of a 10% Sweet feed, twice a day and 1 scoop of the Cool Calories twice a day. Granted, her grain is different because she's older. But make sure she's getting the amount she needs: a TB's metabolism is WAY different than something like a QH. You're on the right track! And gotta add, stop ALL exercise for a while: take this opportunity to bathe her (Suave and V05 is CEAP and it works well for horses), groom her, etc.
  12. Ages On Here?

  13. I Guess It's About Time...

    He's adorable! Good luck!
  14. I Guess It's About Time...

    He's adorable! Good luck!
  15. Whew, It's Cold Out There!

    I blanket in the lower 40's and below. But, my boy is really sensitive to the cold. He gets really sour and almost mean spirited when he isn't blanketed at those temperatures, which in turn makes riding miserable. But, put his rug on and he's a gem the next morning. However, he's a horse that barely grows a winter coat at all, nor does he have much extra fat/natural insulation to keep him warm. Also, he can't afford to burn up and extra calories keeping his body warm. He's a sensitive TB that can be hard to keep weight on/put weight on. What can I say, guess it comes with having a young OTTB who is absolutely born to run and bred to be lean. However, my little QH cross mare gets a bear of a coat and doesn't need her blanket as often. But she's also not in my care (being leased) so I am not sure what her blanketing ritual is. Depends on the horse, I suppose.