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  1. Thread: Holy Crap!!!

    by McGurk
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    I am teaching beginner lessons again after a long...

    I am teaching beginner lessons again after a long hiatus, and this is something I cover in every.single.lesson. I prefer that students drop both stirrups and vault off, but dropping the left stirrup...
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    A long time ago and in a galaxy far, far away......

    A long time ago and in a galaxy far, far away...

    I worked in a very horsey area and most of the professionals were cordial with each other and shared information and tried to look out for each...
  3. Still not clear on the services you're...

    Still not clear on the services you're offering....

    In the absence of that information, my suggestion is to use a standard marketing approach - how do you differentiate yourself from other...
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    You might want to consider donating him to a...

    You might want to consider donating him to a college riding program. At the very least, you would get a tax deduction out of it, and you would know he would be in a program where he would be...
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    I think he is a free to a good home horse. Sorry....

    I think he is a free to a good home horse. Sorry.

    I wouldn't touch a horse with a known neuro issue with someone else's ten foot pole.

    And he has two other strikes against him - on the hotter...
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    Are there fox hunts near you? A retired field...

    Are there fox hunts near you? A retired field hunter or a horse that can no longer jump or keep up with first flight might be just the ticket. And a fox hunter would be delighted for their horse to...
  7. I think the fact that it was an unrated division,...

    I think the fact that it was an unrated division, perhaps a schooling division, gave the judge a little more latititude and perhaps the quality of the other trips wasn't great?

    I have seen judges...
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    Lots of good advice here already, I just want to...

    Lots of good advice here already, I just want to make note of a common pitfall. Make sure you and the seller are on the same page as to what is meant by "trail horse" and "trail riding." Some...
  9. Yes, there is a market, but it might not be what...

    Yes, there is a market, but it might not be what you think it is.

    At your H/W, you're going to be sitting on larges, and large mediums, not anything smaller.

    I used to have a fabulous adult...
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    Love the dial fit helmets, wish they had been...

    Love the dial fit helmets, wish they had been around when I was teaching lots of little 'uns. Have a couple of Aegises in the tack room, and have been able to adjust them for tiny guests to ride our...
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    I have ankle with screws and pins and limited...

    I have ankle with screws and pins and limited flexion, one knee replacement and another one pending. I have the original Herm Sprenger Flex stirrups and I love them; I'm pretty sure I couldn't...
  12. I do think you have to draw a firm line between...

    I do think you have to draw a firm line between tough and abusive.

    Paul Cronin once critiqued me by saying a particular bad habit was "like picking your nose in public for a rider of your level." ...
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    Checking the phone for messages or texts during...

    Checking the phone for messages or texts during walk breaks would not bother me, as frenchfry mentioned, a busy instructor/trainer trying to manage their schedule would reasonably need to do that. ...
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    I have one that does this, and it took me a long...

    I have one that does this, and it took me a long time to figure out what he was doing - he extends his head and neck and sucks, but with his mouth closed and not gripping on anything, almost like...
  15. Dear Crone, I ask myself similar questions all...

    Dear Crone,

    I ask myself similar questions all the time. I have a lovely, forward, big moving appendix QH who gives me the feeling that I love under saddle and also makes me ache and the sweet...
  16. $26.00 At Walmart - ...

    $26.00 At Walmart -

    http://www.walmart.com/ip/460688?wmlspartner=wlpa&adid=22222222227010674743&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=t&wl3=41875603990&wl4=&wl5=pla&wl6=36831244510&veh=sem
  17. I would really like examples of the terms that...

    I would really like examples of the terms that need explaining. Do you feel like it's just you that needs the explanation, or do other students have the same difficulty?

    I am not in a rush to bash...
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    You could set a HavAHart or similar live trap for...

    You could set a HavAHart or similar live trap for the coon, baited with the ginger snaps, and then would have obliging neighbor dispatch the coon. But in all liklihood, another coon will soon...
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    I wouldn't even expect grooming or picking feet. ...

    I wouldn't even expect grooming or picking feet. What I would really value is someone who actually looks over the animals, watches them trot up for feeding and notices if someone is off, checks not...
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    I was disheartened to see that CMP explicitly...

    I was disheartened to see that CMP explicitly blamed the rider for the accident in his statements to the press.

    "It’s a fence that riders need to take back and give the horse time to jump it. I...
  21. Lovely horse and a wonderful tribute.

    Lovely horse and a wonderful tribute.
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    Some great advice in this thread so far. ...

    Some great advice in this thread so far.

    Here's my perspective:

    I dropped out of college to ride full time. I realized I would never get where I wanted to be as a rider if I was balancing...
  23. My initial reaction to your description was...

    My initial reaction to your description was $2500; that's what I would pay for a rock solid beginner large pony that was limited in scope/ability as you describe.

    Add in her age, and the fact that...
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    I agree with most of the advice given so far, and...

    I agree with most of the advice given so far, and would like to underscore a few key points: 1.) Get a front end loader. It's half the usefulness of the tractor. 2.) Go bigger than you think you...
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    Your pantry? Master bedroom closet?

    Your pantry? Master bedroom closet?
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