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    Dressage Controversial discussion alert! Do you think judges over inflate 'famous' rider scores?

    The changes I know of are the change of the head being allowed to come to the vertical in the piaffe, whereas it used to have to be IFV, and the removal of the "rocker" I think it was called, the reinback, walk, reinback, which really was a great test of basic training. Chicken and egg when it...
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    Dressage Controversial discussion alert! Do you think judges over inflate 'famous' rider scores?

    I care slightly less about the rewarding of names (which I do think is slightly unavoidable, though clearly it's barely statistically significant if the research is right, I didn't look at the link ycbm posted) than the prioritisation in judging prevalent in recent decades. I don't have a copy...
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    Kissing Spine surgery thoughts

    This is what really worries me, surgical intervention as more or less the first or only option just can't be the way forwards for so many cases.
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    Classic Riding Academy Goodwood

    Expensive but looks really interesting! https://www.classicalridingacademy.com
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    Changing girth straps from short to long

    What length girth do you need? Going to dressage straps won't necessarily change that as you can't just buy a shorter long girth, you'll need a super long dressage girth :cool: Most saddles could have the girth straps swapped but you may run into issues with some point straps.
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    Does this look like it could be DSLD?

    I edited my initial post, having found this link first, then the above photo
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    Does this look like it could be DSLD?

    Edit - so what I saw was in one photo of a post and took some finding. They may be completely wrong, I have no idea, but it doesn't sound like a death sentence either way: https://www.facebook.com/4DEquitationOnlineEN/photos/pcb.128306039352069/128303602685646/
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    Does this look like it could be DSLD?

    I just saw a post on FB that I can't now find but I'm positive it said it's quite usual for them to really sink in mid to late teens.
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    Dressage saddles for hippopotamus

    Contact Plateau Holistic Equine - https://www.plateauholisticequine.com :)
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    Arena saddles

    I think they've probably changed since you tried them as they have one level of finish which is leather top and synthetic panel https://arenasaddles.co.uk/pages/about-us
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    Arena saddles

    That's exactly where they're pitched in terms of marketing, though I believe they're part synthetic (from another fitter, may be wrong). SO Bates competes with Fairfax, Arena with K&M and Wintec with TG.
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    5"4 adult on 12.2hh Dartmoor - thoughts?

    It's not restricted to one breed, all breeds, of all sizes. I see the "holes" in horses' backs, and hear about and occasionally see the hock issues that many say are directly attributable. However I think on this thread we're not quite into that territory, just referring to it as a bit of a...
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    Arena saddles

    They're the same family as Bates/Wintec, so Australian in terms of ownership, pitched in price and materials in between, and made in Vietnam as far as I know.
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    5"4 adult on 12.2hh Dartmoor - thoughts?

    It's very borderline as I say, but if you draw a line down through your upper body it's a little behind the centre point of the saddle/tree. Not enough to worry about with your ability but smaller would be more tricky, and obviously we're really talking more about general riders here. So yes...
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    5"4 adult on 12.2hh Dartmoor - thoughts?

    Welsh As tend to be dippy so a very flat tree, on the long side, may not work as well. As vary, I fitted Uphill James Fox in a 16" but that's super rare, most take a 15" and some a 14", but we don't make half sizes as the trees only come in full sizes, and of course all footprints vary. I...
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