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  1. What type of shows have the child and pony been...

    What type of shows have the child and pony been doing? You say she cleans up locally; does this mean she is doing the green ponies or the division at A and AA shows in your area? Or is she...
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    He is 8 years old, soon to be 9. That is...

    He is 8 years old, soon to be 9. That is definitely at the tail end of a race horse's career. I'd say with that stud fee and those relatively limited earnings (barely over 100k in his lifetime) it's...
  3. Are you looking for a place to hack? Jump? ...

    Are you looking for a place to hack? Jump? Bring your trainer & take lessons? Give lessons?

    It probably wouldn't be too difficult to find an arrangement as long as you're willing to pay for...
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    I don't believe that Desiderio Ltd. in Bedminster...

    I don't believe that Desiderio Ltd. in Bedminster is hunter/jumper oriented like Tranquillity is.

    I am not familiar with Leah Epstein but other barns in the area to try who have school horses are...
  5. I have a hunter for sale in the same price range...

    I have a hunter for sale in the same price range and my experience has been very similar. Though he is listed for sale or lease, almost 100% of the inquiries are for a lease. I think buyers are able...
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    I think a lot depends on the level of the rider. ...

    I think a lot depends on the level of the rider. Someone who has experience jumping more technical courses but hasn't necessarily shown could easily be a candidate for starting out in lower level...
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    Harrisburg Hilton might work if you're looking...

    Harrisburg Hilton might work if you're looking for something a little nicer. It's less than 10 minutes from the arena and has a lot of horse people the week of indoors.
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    I have not read all 15 pages of responses but I...

    I have not read all 15 pages of responses but I have read many.

    I, too, struggle with my husband being resentful of the time and money I spend on horses. He is right that if I am not at the barn...
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    When it comes to buying horses, money talks...

    When it comes to buying horses, money talks louder than words. The first person to write a check or leave a deposit takes preference over any other buyer who hasn't risen to a monetary commitment,...
  10. Thread: Fun to ride

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    Fun to ride does not necessarily equal success in...

    Fun to ride does not necessarily equal success in the show ring.

    To me, "fun" means the horse is brave, willing, and receptive to rider aids. The horse is not too sluggish or too quick; it likely...
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    If you really are committed to making a career in...

    If you really are committed to making a career in horses, then you will need all the experience you can get. It seems silly to quit now just because you won't have a situation you desire next year. ...
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    A friend at my barn has one. It seems like a good...

    A friend at my barn has one. It seems like a good quality saddle for that price point.
  13. This, this, this, this! Even finding a safe...

    This, this, this, this!

    Even finding a safe horse that's not competitive is very expensive!! It is important to remember that A shows are the only ones where 3'6+ hunters fill. These shows can...
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    Lease with option to purchase?

    I have someone interested in leasing a gelding of mine with an option to purchase. I have never done a deal like this before, either as a seller or a buyer. How much of the lease price is typically...
  15. Congratulations! I assume you will be boarding...

    Congratulations! I assume you will be boarding the new horse? Before you spend unnecessary money, I would find out what the barn provides. For example, my barn provides things like water buckets,...
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    I, too, do not feel that these are examples of...

    I, too, do not feel that these are examples of poor behavior.

    The student who asks if she can wear tall boots is probably a beginner who legitimately does not know if this is acceptable and is...
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    OP, stay at the current barn. You have the...

    OP, stay at the current barn. You have the invaluable opportunity to grow there and never be held back. As your relationship with this trainer grows and you grow, you may find yourself in a...
  18. This. A point of discussion is, what is your...

    This. A point of discussion is, what is your definition of a 3' horse? Since this is a hunter/jumper board, most of us consider a 3' horse to be a competitive children's or adult hunter. (As...
  19. 3' is not exceptionally high, especially in the...

    3' is not exceptionally high, especially in the context of horse sports as a whole. HOWEVER... to those who say there's really no difference, I suggest watching the 3' hunters vs. the 2'6 hunters at...
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    This. It's an unfortunate situation that adds...

    This. It's an unfortunate situation that adds insult to injury but the show has every right to make you pay for the stall.
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    Hunter judging is subjective. AK knows this. ...

    Hunter judging is subjective. AK knows this. The horse is lovely but it does not have the quality of jumping or movement of some of the other horses in that class, IMO. As far as finding all the...
  22. Try some pro rides on the horse if you haven't...

    Try some pro rides on the horse if you haven't done so already. But if that doesn't help, I'm inclined to agree that it's best for your daughter to move onto a mount that's more suitable for her at...
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    Depending on the situation, I wouldn't begrudge a...

    Depending on the situation, I wouldn't begrudge a program for requiring (or at least encouraging) riders who are riding outside of lessons to use their own saddles. Depending on how many saddles are...
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    NJ is lucky to have several quality facilities...

    NJ is lucky to have several quality facilities that host schooling shows (most do so in addition to rated shows so the jumps are the same and the judges often are, too). Duncraven, Black River,...
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    For me, as an amateur, experience matters a great...

    For me, as an amateur, experience matters a great deal. I consider it a big risk to spend every penny I have on a horse that is unproven in the show ring. I'd much rather minimize my risk by...
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