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  1. Well, at least no one asked about a hairnet! ;) ...

    Well, at least no one asked about a hairnet! ;)

    I think the pony is adorable, and you guys look great together!
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    That's awesome. And I don't disagree in all...

    That's awesome. And I don't disagree in all circumstances...but I don't think someone who is still figuring out this stuff is necessarily going to go out and invest in property off the bat. ...
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    Other folks have covered it, but continuing to...

    Other folks have covered it, but continuing to stay present, stay in touch with your friend is going to be huge. The immediate aftermath of a tragedy is often a whirlwind of people and flowers and...
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    A little obscure, but given how many NOVA folks...

    A little obscure, but given how many NOVA folks on this board: There's a VW/Audi repair shop in Falls Church, Virginia, called Eurowerks who are consistently the nicest, honest, fair, folks to work...
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    So, one more thought on that. Historically,...

    So, one more thought on that. Historically, putting the maximum into your 401k that you can is a good idea, and a much better long term strategy than savings accounts or bonds because you have...
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    For a 6% return, you need to be in the stock...

    For a 6% return, you need to be in the stock market - there's no legitimate savings account that I'm aware paying those kinds of returns. Even laddered CDs won't get you close to that, nor will...
  7. I don't see using a twitch is barbaric; frankly,...

    I don't see using a twitch is barbaric; frankly, I'd ofter prefer it over too much sedation and the chance of dropping one. It of course all depends on the horse and the situation, but I've seen a...
  8. The arena doesn't really have any bad seating -...

    The arena doesn't really have any bad seating - there's a high berm around 2/3s of it where folks sit on the grass and picnic for either twilight jumpers or polo. These are back of the boxes and...
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    You say low-level eventing, which I'm going to...

    You say low-level eventing, which I'm going to assume means BN/N. She's a sweet looking mare, and appears well cared for. Her back is, as noted above, quite long, which could make her both prone to...
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    There's going to be a lot of difference whether...

    There's going to be a lot of difference whether you're looking for a day-to-day vet for things like shots/basic issues vs. your specialists. I think of VEI as being one of the top sporthorse...
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    I own one of those. He's older, he's done a ton...

    I own one of those. He's older, he's done a ton in his career, and when he's tense or not given a proper forward warm-up, or being ridden backwards by his occasionally not fabulous amateur owner...
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    Bumping this up, as a friend just asked if I knew...

    Bumping this up, as a friend just asked if I knew of any trail-riding places in Virginia. Any updates to the above?
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    Actually, I strongly suspect it was set up to...

    Actually, I strongly suspect it was set up to emulate a CIC, with SJ before XC...
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    We make zucchini muffins all summer long. ...

    We make zucchini muffins all summer long. Shredded zucchini, greek yogurt, less than half a cup of sugar, and oat flour (put 1.5 cups of oatmeal in food processor) and oatmeal. Toss in nuts or...
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    None of the timing or decisions on this event are...

    None of the timing or decisions on this event are being made by USEA. Take it up with Great Meadow...
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    Sometimes it's really helpful just to ask...

    Sometimes it's really helpful just to ask questions. "How are you doing?" "What are you thinking about?" "How are you coping?" Your friends don't need you telling them what to do, they likely...
  17. Honestly, if you really want her to become more...

    Honestly, if you really want her to become more comfortable at the water, I'd likely put a confident pro on her to introduce it carefully and solidly. She's still quite young, and it's often a much...
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    Slightly different idea, but I had pottery made...

    Slightly different idea, but I had pottery made out of the tail hairs from a horse that passed. It's Raku, so they throw the hairs onto the burning-hot clay, and it forms a gorgeous black-and-white...
  19. I'm in the same boat as many of the "old-school"...

    I'm in the same boat as many of the "old-school" folks - I've never jumped my horses more than once a week, and the experienced ones may not jump more than once every 2-3 weeks. The babies might do...
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    Not sure I would read much into it, except one...

    Not sure I would read much into it, except one organizer made a somewhat boneheaded response to your question (or misunderstood it), and, I suspect, that one organizer is probably way in the minority...
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    Oh scubed, that's nothing original. Karen's been...

    Oh scubed, that's nothing original. Karen's been saying that about any horse she sees me ride for years now... ;)
  22. Count up, and start it 10 seconds or so early. I...

    Count up, and start it 10 seconds or so early. I like hearing the minute beeps as it gives me an easy way of checking where I am on course (I don't wheel minute markers, but I keep an eye out when...
  23. Just a flag here - this new in a relationship, I...

    Just a flag here - this new in a relationship, I would be careful about already conceding to "coming second". I'm not saying you're doing it here, but I've seen friends be very ready to subvert...
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    Well, it's a little late now, but a bar review...

    Well, it's a little late now, but a bar review course like Bar/Bri is going to be one of your best ways to prep. They're pretty good in terms of what you should study (the black-letter law), how to...
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    In addition to the race horse, Sham was also the...

    In addition to the race horse, Sham was also the name of the horse in the fictionalized story of the Godolphin Arabian, King of the Wind, by Marguerite Henry.
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