SATURDAY IS PHOBLOG DAY!






Today, I drive down to visit Hubby and celebrate Valentine’s Day!  And, I’m going to go on a Charity ride at WORK RANCH.

Fun!

HERE WE GO!

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My friend, Deb, sent this to me. Thank you!

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Sweet. This is the woman who took pics of her baby and their puppy every month for two years. It was an amazing piece of work…

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So cool. Birds had to have been dinosaurs.

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Another clever farrier.

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Personally, I HATE Roundup.

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Ahhhh.

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This guy looks like he is ready to tell you a bedtime story… Such a perfect image for a Disney movie.

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I’m not sure if this is real or photoshopped, but still very interesting.

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KISSES.

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Nice!

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This is not MY Norma Jean, but it could be… Pocket Fleecing.

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Oh I know that mare look!

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Love.

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Photoshopped. But I love the sentiment.

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GO BITLESS AND FEEL SECURE! THE LG BRIDLE! (I ride in them exclusively.)






Many of you have seen my occasional blurbs that I am ordering LG Bridles and if you want to order one, click here.  The reason I started importing them from Germany is because I fell in love with them in 2010.  In face, the blogpost below was originally written on 6/7/2010, before I was able to order them for all of you!

This is Monika, who invented this bridle. She is a top dressage rider in Germany.

This is Monika, who invented this bridle. She is a top dressage rider in Germany.

I HAVE SOME RIGHT HERE IN MY OFFICE!

Well, my last shipment doubled itself while coming over from Germany and LG told me to keep the extra bridles and sell them to US Riders!

So, I have 4 extra bitless LG bridles IN STOCK (usually I have to order them and wait 3-4 weeks for delivery)!  If you have already had your eyes on them, click the below links to order what I have.

Black, smooth chin piece:  Click to purchase $125 (includes shipping in the USA)

Brown, smooth chin piece:  Click to purchase $125 (includes shipping in the USA)

Brown, chain chin piece:  Click to purchase $125 (includes shipping in the USA)

–If these are all sold, click here to put in an order.  I order every few weeks!

But it isn't ONLY for dressage. I ride all of my horses in LG Bridles and I only trail ride. This is a photo of a reader and her horse, the very first time used her LG bridle! She said her horse calmed down, quit playing with his bit and runs so much better without a bit!

But it isn’t ONLY for dressage. I ride all of my horses in LG Bridles and I only trail ride. This is a photo of a reader and her horse, the very first time used her LG bridle! She said her horse calmed down, quit playing with his bit and runs so much better without a bit!

THE PREMISE – CREATED BY A TOP DRESSAGE RIDER IN GERMANY

The LG bridle looks like spokes on a wheel.  You place your reins, nosepiece and chin strap between the spokes on the wheel, depending upon how you like to ride and how much contact you want with your horse.

The pressure works his nose AND poll, which is novel.  The pull is gradual and releases instantly.  INSTANTLY.  The instant release is why I love this bridle.  And, it is well made.

Also, you use your own headstall so it always fits!  What you are buying are the wheels and the highly adjustable nose/chin straps.

Monika invented the LG. She is a top dressage rider in Germany.

Monika invented the LG. She is a top dressage rider in Germany.

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MY ORIGINAL REVIEW OF THE LG BRIDLE, POSTED 6/7/2010

THE LG BRIDLE

It is totally a personal preference if you wish to use a bitless bridle.  So, I’m not writing this to convince anyone to go bitless.  I’m writing this because I finally found a bitless bridle that gives me as much control as possible, a nice headset and is comfortable for my horse.

I’ve taken this picture from their website. (I have no affiliation with them, I just like the product.)

WHAT IS IT? I know it looks odd, sort-of like a wheel.  Let me tell you, it works beautifully!  The LG Bridle was invented by a German Dressage Rider.  She needed or wanted a way to bridle her horse without a bit that would give her head set plus control and that could be sanctioned by the dressage community.  This was her invention.

I don’t remember how I found out about it, but I remember going to the website to check it out.  There are several videos there that show the bridle in action.  Impressive.  You see jumpers and dressage riders as well as trail riders using the bridle.

HERE IS HOW IT WORKS… You use your own headstall.  What you are buying are the two wheels and the nose/chin straps.  You fit it to your horse according to how they hold their heads and move.  So, the spokes are levels of control, let’s say.  You connect the top of the wheel to the headstall, the inside of the wheel to the nose band, the back of the wheel to the chin strap and then the adjustable part is where you attach your rein.  The closer to the chin strap, the less severe of a pull on the poll and nose.  You can set it to be more like a side-pull or to work like a rein that encourage a head set.  When you lift your rein, the contact lowers the poll and pulls the nose to whatever degree you have it set.  Does that make sense?

THE DIFFERENCE here than with other bitless bridles (and I’ve tried them all) is that you have no crossed  or single reins that go through a ring(s) that then need to release once the horse gives.  Most all other bitless bridles don’t release immediately.  My horses were frustrated with other bitless bridles because they either didn’t release, got hung up, or pulled too hard on the poll – or for me, were too ineffectual for the head set.

I BOUGHT THIS BRIDLE BECAUSE it sounded right from the website.  I could see how it would work.  Truth to tell, it took me a few tries to get it adjusted correctly.  But, once I did , my Morgan mare was a DREAM.  I swear, she was so happy!  Granted, this mare was trained to a bit or a hackamore, so one could say that she was already comfortable with a hackamore style so that is why she took to this bridle.  Read on for my answer to that.

I TRIED IT ON 5 HORSES AND HERE ARE MY RESULTS:  OK, well, in the paragraph above, I described how my Morgan mare who has a lot of “go!” loved it!  So now I was ready to try it on my other horses.  I put it on my Tennessee Walking mare.  She had just 90 days training and that was in a bit.  But,  she hated the bit – any bit.  I had tried them all.  Poor girl just fought with it and threw her head a lot.  You could argue that maybe I have bad hands.  But, her trainer also had the same issue with every bit she tried.  Anyway, I was a little nervous to put the LG on my TWH mare because she was young and green.  But, I did.  And, the mare loved it!  She was so responsive because she wasn’t so worried all the time.  And, she heard me!  She was listening.  It was so easy.  Her arena work was great!

Here is another photo from the LG Bridle website. 

After that experience, I tried it on my TWH gelding.  He is older and used to a bit or a hackamore.  Although well trained, he has some zip to him, if you know what I mean.  I don’t do arena work with him, I only trail ride him.  So, I had to be brave.  I put the LG on his headstall and adjusted it.  We trailered to a his well-known riding spot.  I figured I would be safer in a spot we both knew.  Then, I mounted and left as usual.  I tried to act like he was wearing his regular tack.  Well, honestly, he was better than he had ever been and gaited more smoothly.  I thought maybe that was a fluke.  So, I tried it again the next day.  Perfect.  Wonderful.  So, I tried again and brought along a horse that usually riles him up.  Yup, we had a little antsy pansty session but the bridle held up and I felt as if I had the same control as with a hackamore or a bit.  In fact, I felt like I had more control because he couldn’t grab on and run.

I put it on my Mustang with the same results.

STARTING A HORSE IN AN LG BRIDLE? I called the company and asked if they had ever started a horse with one.  The rep said, Yes!  So, I started my Icelandic filly in the LG Bridle.  So far, so good.  She responds just as she should and she has never thrown her head or chewed on the bit (of course).  I see no issues with this bridle.

I will say that several trainers have told me that I should not start a horse in the LG. They believe that I need to train in a snaffle to get the general idea down first and then switch to the LG once she is trained.  I don’t know if they are right or wrong… but so far, I see no reason to snaffle train her.  She is doing just fine.  And, she is the strongest minded of the bunch.

I DON’T USE BITS ANYMORE… So, that is my story.  I now have five of the LG Bridles for all five of my riding horses.  I have archived all of my bits.  I don’t use a bit ever anymore.  I figure if a dressage rider can get the head set she needs and a jumper can control his horse, I am just fine with this bridle as a trail rider.  I love it.  I love all 5 of them.

This is my trailer… these are my bridles. I buy halter covers on Amazon and put them over the nose pieces.

Here is a picture of my bridle rack in my trailer.  As you can see, I use all different headstalls for 4 different breeds of horses, gaited and trotting.

PROS & CONS: The LG is “expensive”.  I say that in quotes because it is an investment but it works and is solid so I didn’t mind.  All of the nose bands and chin straps that I got from the company were too big for my smaller, American horses.  I think these bridles were developed in a land where the horses are HUGE.  Dunno.  But, I ended up just using the wheels, the nose bands on their smallest rung and my own chin straps.  I do use a chain on some and leather or rawhide on others.  I also wrapped all the nose bands in fleece, as you can see.

LET ME KNOW if you test one or purchase one.  I love mine!  And again, I have no affiliation with LG.  I just am really happy and want to spread the word!

Any questions for me?  What do you think?  (LG video #1. LG video #2)

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A WRIGLEY UPDATE! Come ride with us!






As you could probably deduce from most of my posts, the weather in Grass Valley (CA) has been unseasonably, drippy, stormy, soggy WET – which is very good since we are in a drought.  But, it isn’t so good for training horses…

You see, where I live, there aren’t too many indoor arenas because, well, there isn’t really a  need because it rarely storms for more than a day, if that.  Some of the big training facilities have indoor arenas (to avoid the sun), but most people here have large outdoor arena, often with lights so they can work at night when it is cool.

So, the long and short of this is that Wrigley hasn’t had much consistent training because his trainer (who is fearless and awesome – she started BG) has only outdoor arenas.

But recently the weather has been unseasonably sunny, so today was the day to go on a walkabout with Wrigley and Jerily, his trainer!

When I walked outside this morning, LOOK what was there! A good day.

When I walked outside this morning, LOOK what was there! A good day.

MY NEW BOOTS.  FRANKENBOOTS.

First off… can I say that my new boots are very uncomfortable?  I just needed to say that.   Yes, they have hard, stout toes… but eeegaads, they are so stiff, and blocky!  I feel like I am Hermann Munster.  Yuk.  The good part is that I can work around Annie and not worry about her stepping on my feet.  The bad part is … uh… everything else.

You know you have bad boots when taking them off is a priority.

I still have not thrown out my old boots.  They leak and are totally coming apart, but they are sooooo comfortable.  And, they don’t make them anymore.  Waaaah.

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These are my very safe but totally uncomfortable Frankenboots.

A PHOTOJOURNAL OF OUR RIDE!

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Wonderful, hot to trot Mr. Wrigley!  All saddled up and ready!  The poor guy still has his shaggy winter coat and his feet need trimming.  I set that up immediately when I saw his feet.

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Warming up – as you can see, he is lunging himself. No lines.

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Jerily mounts. She has no fear – at all. Wrig is doing well.  She is riding him bitless, which I like.  Not good for a Morgan show horse but very good for Mr. Wrigley at this stage of his training (and brain).

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This is the gelding I was riding, Tucker. He was very sweet and Wrig loves him. They pony together.  You can see my red shirt in the reflection of the silver in the horn.

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Here we are in the ‘Cowboy Dressage’ arena (Cowboy Dressage is big around here.). Wrig was all ears.

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We watch as he does his herky jerky training/learning trot around the field.  Note how Tucker’s ears look like they were dipped in paint.  He had stripes on his legs, too.

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We merged onto another friend’s property and used her arena – but the sand was heavy and wet, so we just walked – well, actually, Wrig tried to climb onto Tucker (my horse) for comfort… but he did well. Eventually, as we all sat in a ring and chatted, Wrig was quite calm.

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We returned without much ado. A good day. This is a photo of Jerily’s 33 year-old mare. I just loved her. She has free reign over the property and walks around all day long.

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She has no front teeth, so her tongue tends to loll outside of her mouth.

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There she goes… off to steal alfalfa from the John Deere.

THANKS FOR COMING ALONG!

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