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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. The "circle Of Trust" Pt. Ii

    Brabara: That's awesome! yay!! Stevie: Isn't that a great feeling, using "we" or "us" or "our"? :) Boy and I have started doing that. And he keeps saying "When we move in together..." :) Little Wing: So sorry about your keynote presentation!! That is so frustrating! So I haven't been on here in a while. Mostly due to the fact that Boy was in Texas for 3 weeks, which was wonderful. Then he went back to CO and it was an adjustment back to long distance. But it's okay. We're better than ever. And I bought my plane ticket to CO to spend 6 days at the end of Dec and beginning of January with him!! Can you say starting the new year off right? I'm so excited.
  6. The "circle Of Trust" Pt. Ii

    Rose: That's awesome!! Congrats. :) 7 days!!!!!!! I am so excited.
  7. The "circle Of Trust" Pt. Ii

    kch: long distance is not for the faint of heart. Boy and I have been together 2 1/2 years first 6 months were not too much of long distance (an hour each way to see each other). Then he moved, joined the army, moved again (and again and again and again), deployed to Iraq, and came home (which is still a 15 hours drive from me). All the while I have been in college, i'm in my senior year now. It's hard, but we see each other when we can, and we talk like crazy every day. In the 5 days he's been home between the two of us we've seen probably close to 2500 texts. lol. I see him again in like 2 weeks!!! So stoked! Long distance works, when BOTH people are 100%. I trust him absolutely without a doubt, her trusts me absolutely without a doubt. Our relationship is very strong. And we haven't seen each other in 7 months.
  8. The "circle Of Trust" Pt. Ii

    Prairie: I know, that's what I did. Boy told me he preferred my hair short (it was short when we met), and he even told me a particular length that it was that made him totally beauty stricken, which is funny because that length is the one i liked the least. I told him I'm glad he thought my hair was pretty short, but I like it long for now. But now I am thinking of cutting it, for me, not for him. My short hair was wicked easy to take care of. I thought about making it a surprise for him when he gets back from being deployed, whenever that is.
  9. The "circle Of Trust" Pt. Ii

    Random thought: If your boyfriend told you "I liked your hair *insert style/length here* the best", and it was not how your hair is now, would you cut it?
  10. 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.
  11. The "circle Of Trust" Pt. Ii

    I'm sad. I miss boy very much. Not much longer until he's stateside. . . :)
  12. The "circle Of Trust" Pt. Ii

    Nice, Grins!!
  13. The "circle Of Trust" Pt. Ii

    I'M EXCITED!!!!! I know something that is VERY exciting. Boy and I are still SPLENDID!
  14. The "circle Of Trust" Pt. Ii

    ^^ I know! I had to get over the whole trying to be subtle thing a long time ago. I still try to be subtle about things sometimes. . . but, usually I have way more success with the boy if I just tell him outright. lol. It really does make life simpler. lol.
  15. The "circle Of Trust" Pt. Ii

    Well I haven't updated in a while. But things are really wonderful. He's been wicked sweet lately and it's just been super nice. :) As Krystal said it's "splendid".