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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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    Prestige Joy Jumper Saddles

    It would depend on too many factors, a 5'4 rider, if fitting size in the traditional sense, would be put into a 16.5-17 in most instances. Leg length is also an issue, if it's a teenager saddle it might have slightly smaller flaps for the seat size.
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    Bad hat fitting service

    Contact the CAB who deliver consumer trading standards.
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    Is it normal to have to adjust to a new saddle?

    Reflocked means different things to different people, to me there are flock adjustments, and a strip flock, both could be called reflocking. The first could end up with oddities, though I always flock symmetrically, as it will have been adjusted to a specific horse. The latter should end up...
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    5"4 adult on 12.2hh Dartmoor - thoughts?

    Not so many riders ARE as tiny as you though, and you ride really long and can adapt very well. I speak from my 12 years of fitting adult riders to ponies as a large part of my job, and you're more unusual than usual (in a very good way!). For most people a small seat and straight cut would...
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    Is it normal to have to adjust to a new saddle?

    That the flocking wasn't checked and the saddle fitted to the horse. Lighter flocking at front or back is fine, IF it fits the horse and is enough to protect the horse from the tree.
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    Saddle suggestions for a wobbly trotter.

    And too many "bog standard" cob trees have too wide a seat and are "too much saddle", ending up with perching and rolling. Few have truly flat rails either.
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    Saddle suggestions for a wobbly trotter.

    Flat back equals flat rails and possibly flat seat, the pics are too tiny to see much I'm afraid, apart from flat back! The flat rails will give stability too, as trotters, pacers etc can cause instability in too many traditionally fitted saddles.
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    Dressage saddles for hippopotamus

    Happy to answer any questions about AH.
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    5"4 adult on 12.2hh Dartmoor - thoughts?

    As a specialist fitter of natives don't give a saddle fitter this headache, I think there are much better matches. There is the theory of how much weight a pony can carry, and I'm sure a well built Dartie could carry you, there is the practice of actually doing it - finding a saddle that suits...
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    Leather treatment

    Oz will send it to you if he sees this @cremedemonthe No oil (unless very old and stiff), no saddle soap as glycerine doesn't fully mitigate the damage done by the wrong pH of soap, and is a humectant, making tack sticky and more likely to pick up dust and grease. Hand hot water, cotton...
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    Building up muscle

    It's an open offer :) @P.forpony yep, great exercise. Walking VERY slowly down a slope is also very useful, the horse has to use its hind end for braking, and if done slowly, they really build that mechanism. The key to all these things is relaxation and building straightness, only once a...
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    Is it normal to have to adjust to a new saddle?

    Surprising!
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    Horse Not Quite Right - Strange Diagonal Foot Pick Up - Anybody Else Had This ?!?

    Movement patterns, muscular tensions etc are usually diagonal - a weaker (pushing not carrying as an example) hind loads the shoulder on the other side.
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    Saddle advice for wide flat backed cob!

    Second hand, wide, specialist saddle. Even if it costs a fair bit of cash if it's a good saddle you'll get your money back, and occasionally more if you really buy well. Bear in mind TG headplates are really quite V shaped, a hoop tree or at least medium wide pommel is likely to work better IMO.
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    Can the farmer shoot my dog?

    And add into the fact that most are disposed of (hopefully for pet feed?) and not eaten, and people pay an obscene amount to kill them (I speak as an avowed carnivore and do eat pheasant)...an rather unpleasant business, though I understand that farmers need other sources of income.
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