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Bitting with Hope.
The bit blog demonstrates why the correct bit is so important to riding your horse. How horse's learn by repetition of action/reaction. How race horses can be retrained. Basic riding exercise you can do to help your horse be more supple.

Tall Boots According to Hope.

When I began riding in the late 1960's tall riding boots were not so tall. You were lucky if the stock boots available went most of the way up your calves. The style was a dress boot that was so baggy around the calf that they had to be held up with a boot garter strap. You could easily slide your hand down inside your boot along the side of your leg. Thank goodness by the mid-eighties, the "off-the-rack" boots became more form-fitting and field boot with laces in the instep really came into vogue. Field boots were easier to get into especially if you have a high instep or long heel. The lacing at the ankle allowed your foot at to pass more easily through the narrowest part of the boot. The laces were then tightened up for a custom fit. Almost all tall boots are now manufactured with a zipper. Riders are able to get a better fit through the ankle and no longer have to struggle with getting their boots on and off. Learn the 7 steps to a great tall boot fit.

Hope knows that fit matters.
A show coat/jacket is the single most important item of competition apparel. Properly fitting a woman's jacket can easily improve how you are judged in a competition. Ladies Horse Show jackets are based on a traditionally cut men’s suit coats. In the original European jacket designs, the horse show coat had 3 front buttons and a double vented back. It is tailored with a narrow waist and is a bit broader in the shoulders for ease of movement. Traditionally made from wool, now many coats are made from extremely highly technical fabrics that wick away moisture. The new tech coats are machine washable and mostly available in navy and black. Women’s show coats are available in a range of colors; black, dark gray, navy and occasionally hunter green. Most equitation riders show in a dark navy jacket. The idea is that all competitors will look the same. The judge is then free to focus on performance rather than fit. 8 steps to fitting show jackets.