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05 December 2011 @ 07:46 pm
This is probably a long shot but I found this community while searching for barns to board at in Pittsburgh. I was wondering if anyone still uses this community or has suggestions on where to board! I've recently looked at Morning Star Stables and Bethel Park Stables but I'm still hunting! I want to move my 12 year old gelding up from Florida. Any transport advice would be helpful as well. Thanks!
15 March 2007 @ 12:20 pm
Saddling for Success
An interactive workshop, demo, and saddling clinic for horse owners, riders, and professionals in the horse industry presented by Carol Brett, co-founder of the UK-based Balance Organisation and a leading authority on the connections between saddle design and equine biomechanics.

Hosted by:
Hollandale Farm
Elizabeth, PA
(About 20 miles south of Pittsburgh)
May 19–20, 2007

If you are interested in helping your horse to preserve, or even rediscover, a healthy, athletic body and efficient, beautiful movement, the information provided in this workshop, demo, and saddling clinic will be of immense value.
Bring your saddle with you and find out if it is helping your horse to perform well by understanding the impact of its design features on your horse. Discover what ridden horses need from their saddles in order to avoid damage, discomfort, and loss of performance. Get some idea of how you might improve the way a less-than-perfect saddle could work.
During the workshop and demo, you will have the opportunity to study what has become known as the Balance Saddling System. However, this event is not a selling exercise! Certainly, when you have seen the difference that this ergonomic approach to working with saddles can make, you may want to give your horse the opportunity to try it. The 1½-hour private saddling consultations (pre-register to ensure your space) provide a thorough evaluation of your horse and saddle. Whatever you decide, you will certainly go home with a lot of valuable information.

Workshop and demo: $45
(includes lunch—please bring your own chair)
Private saddling consultation: $115
(please note: it’s very important that those who participate in a saddling consultation also participate in the workshop and demo. An additional fee will be assessed for those unable to attend the workshop and demo.)

For more information on the clinic and registration, comment here with your email address.

Fore more information on the Balance Organisation, visit http://www.BalanceInternational.com.
30 January 2007 @ 07:00 pm
Tell me all about relatively cheap places to board that aren't shady as all heck. I'm looking to buy a horse and this summer would like to keep her somewhere with a nice ring. A plus if it has an indoor, but it's not necessary. It can be a small private, a big boarding stable, whatever! Tell me your favorite places and how much they cost. Nothing south of Pittsburgh, i'm looking for northern areas and nothing north of Butler County. Thanks!
21 September 2006 @ 09:35 am
I don't know if any of you remember me, but a couple months ago I was asking around to find a barn in the Pittsburgh area to ride at while I'm at school...

Anyway, I started riding at ROMRA, and I'm loving it a lot. So far I've only had two lessons (damn, I wish I wasn't poor and busy...) but I guess I've only had crappy trainers before, because I'm learning so much! So thanks for the recommendations, it is so good!

Now I have another question. I picked up the book "The Complete Training of Horse and Rider" by Alois Podhajsky and I've been reading it for about a week or so. It's madly excellent, especially since I knew nothing about dressage a month ago....

So now I'm looking for more books. Anyone have any recommendations?

Thanks a lot!
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18 July 2006 @ 09:50 am
this community is so lonely and that's sad!

i go to carnegie mellon university, and i'm hoping to get back into riding this semester. i've got a couple of stables i'll be calling when i get back in town to try to find a trainer...

but does anyone else still read this community? where are you from/ where do you school? anyone else from cmu or pitt?
Current Location: at work! shh.
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: murmurmurmur
07 July 2006 @ 05:32 pm
I have a 16.5 close contact saddle for sale . $400 OBO 

19 April 2006 @ 12:43 am
Hi, all!

Let me introduce myself -- I just moved to the Pittsburgh area from New Jersey. I've been riding hunter/jumper for about 14 years, anad haven't been on a horse since I moved here four months ago. I'm not very familiar with the area and would appreciate any help I can get on finding a barn. I don't own a horse anymore so I don't need boarding, just lessons.

Thanks, everyone. This seems like a great community!
15 January 2006 @ 02:44 pm
Yesterday I went to an Unmounted clinic in Ohio for Upper Level Pony Clubbers. It was quite informational and I really enjoyed it. First we had a slideshow/lecture about conformation in the legs. We discussed what would pre-dispose horses to what injuries and what not. (if you've got a weak stomach I don't suggest these photos...Then we disected a horses leg.Collapse )
17 October 2005 @ 08:55 pm
I rode horses for about 7 years. I did some showing with my horses but I had to quit b/c of financial reasons. Someday I will be back in the saddle. :)

The barn I rode at was Mingo Creek Farms.
17 October 2005 @ 02:47 pm
Why Scientists Reject Intelligent Design "Theory": The Dover Case and Its Context

2 p.m., Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Lecture Hall
Saturday, October 22, 2005

Dr. Eugenie C. Scott, Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education, Inc., is the nation’s leading advocate for the opposition to the teaching of "scientific" creationism and other religiously-based views in science classes. She will discuss the current status of the creationism/evolution controversy, with special emphasis on the Kitzmiller vs Dover trial now taking place in Federal District Court in Pennsylvania. Issues raised in this trial are virtually identical to those raised in earlier cases considering the legality of "creation science."

This lecture is free, with no museum admission required.

From the Post-Gazette:
Don't let the 'intelligent design' myth take hold, forum article written by Dr. Christopher Beard, curator and head of vertebrate paleontology at Carnegie Museum of Natural History and author of The Hunt for the Dawn Monkey: Unearthing the Origins of Monkeys, Apes and Humans (University of California Press, 2004).

From wikipedia.org:
Kitzmiller, et al v. Dover School District, et al