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  1. Horse Slaughtering To Be Focus Of Senate Hearing

    I absolutely agree Nick. Our country sadly pushes "out of sight, out of mind" when it comes to issues like this. Banning slaughter houses has done nothing except push slaughter outside of our borders.
  2. English Saddle Pads

    In my 40+ years of riding English, I have gone back to the good old Sheepskin saddle pads. They wick sweat better (cotton absorbs it and get wringing wet). I have found that if you start with a quality, correctly fitting saddle, you don't need all the fancy add on's. Less is more. (Example: If your saddle is too narrow and sits high in the front, low in the back, then you add a bump pad under the seat to level it, you are actually creating more pressure on the front). My preferred brand is Equine Comfort Pads. They are thick, soft and come in a variety of colors and sizes. You can find deals on closeouts on their site and auction sites.
  3. Getting Back Into English..kind Of

    My POA is English and we are schooling similar. Stay off the rail as much as you can. Do random circles of different sizes, changes of direction on the diagonal or on a line, serpentines, figure 8's, etc. I like to add trot poles, maybe a cross rail. Incorporate transitions into the figures. I also like to hack out and do some of the hand exercises posted by Chocomare. Have fun!
  4. English boots for short people?

    I am short and have always had troubles finding clothes and shoes. While I do have a pair of custom Vogels that I got back in about 86, I have found that using a pair of Ariat paddocks and half chaps is much more comfortable. You can choose between Ariat, Tredstep (which comes in many more size options), Riding Sport or Grand Prix. Go for the full grain leather half chaps that look like tall boots. You should expect to pay 135 to 170. a pair, but it is much less than a pair of customs! If you go to Dover saddlery, you can take a look at the different options out there, then price compare from there. Dover runs specials that may not show up in the online catalog and their shipping is outrageous. You can find some of the half chaps for less online if you do a bit of searching, but the Dover catalog has pretty much all the half chaps for you to look at (but not all the sizes, esp of Tredstep, which come in many more options than Dover lists).
  5. English boots for short people?

    I am short and have always had troubles finding clothes and shoes. While I do have a pair of custom Vogels that I got back in about 86, I have found that using a pair of Ariat paddocks and half chaps is much more comfortable. You can choose between Ariat, Tredstep (which comes in many more size options), Riding Sport or Grand Prix. Go for the full grain leather half chaps that look like tall boots. You should expect to pay 135 to 170. a pair, but it is much less than a pair of customs! If you go to Dover saddlery, you can take a look at the different options out there, then price compare from there. Dover runs specials that may not show up in the online catalog and their shipping is outrageous. You can find some of the half chaps for less online if you do a bit of searching, but the Dover catalog has pretty much all the half chaps for you to look at (but not all the sizes, esp of Tredstep, which come in many more options than Dover lists).