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    Re: [RC] [RC] [RC] Then what IS essential for a newbie? - Lucy Chaplin Trumbull

    Like Becky, I bought my first HRM after Provo did a similar
    thing to her horse. I took him out in the rain for the first
    time ever (come on, this is California... we don't do rain)
    and asked him to trot. After a few miles, he started to
    really act weird. I couldn't figure out what the problem
    was exactly, he just felt completely off. I was on a narrow
    single-track, so couldn't even get off and lunge him to see
    if I could see anything.

    In the end, in a panic, to save us having to go all the way
    back the five or six miles we'd just come, I phoned my husband
    and had him drive out and move the trailer to a spot just up
    the trail - funnily enough, to a location I normally rode from.

    As soon as we turned off the trail and started towards the
    "normal trailer spot", Provo was miraculously cured of all
    ailments and quite able to trot normally. I was especially
    sad, as I'd gotten off to walk him and in doing so, let my
    sheepskin saddle cover get completely soaked. Wet bottoms
    R us.

    The HRM was to protect *me* from "dying swan" horses.

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    As for "essentials for newbies" - around here, I'd say
    a breast collar. Many of the trails around here are
    straight up with no room for maneuvering. If you screw
    up, you go over the edge. So to have the saddle suddenly
    decide to go a different direction to the horse is a
    recipe for disaster. BCs are a must.

    For the rider, comfortable legs and feet - whatever you
    choose to wear, make sure it stays comfy over the time
    in and out of the saddle.

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    Lucy Chaplin Trumbull
    elsie AT foothill DOT net
    Repotted english person in Sierra Foothills, California
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