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    I use a similar sheepskin pad under the crank...

    I use a similar sheepskin pad under the crank portion of my crank noseband (which I laugh at because I keep it so loose it's kind laughable that it's called a crank).

    Never occurred to me that it...
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    Kind of a tough one - may I ask why she is doing...

    Kind of a tough one - may I ask why she is doing tr at 10?

    For me that's the issue - is it soundness, behavior or is it that you just aren't in a regular training program?

    $5k is nothing for...
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    I just spent a bit of time on the rescue's web...

    I just spent a bit of time on the rescue's web site.

    There are a couple of other horses that would actually make better dressage prospects in terms of general body type (consider Regalo, Amee or...
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    My old guy was a handful....

    My old guy was a handful. Difficult/dramatic/naughty/spooky. I loved him to death. But it was always very difficult. I had him 22 years and it never changed. Part of the reason that I had him his...
  5. If your horse has 7 on gaits, it's hard to get...

    If your horse has 7 on gaits, it's hard to get lots of 8s.

    You can get some movements - a centerline or halt are good examples - those are all about mechanics. Kind of like a turn on the haunches...
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    I went to U of M but it was many many years ago...

    I went to U of M but it was many many years ago :)

    Rode with Cathy Henderson and she was amazing. But it must be 25 years ago! I boarded in a Saline and later Dexter.
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    Don't put that in the sales contract! And...

    Don't put that in the sales contract!

    And don't negotiate the price pending the PPE. Agree on a price now.

    If something "material" is discovered in the PPE, the buyer can get out of the deal...
  8. I am on an average horse - AQHA in fact....

    I am on an average horse - AQHA in fact. Competing in No CA against some very fancy horses and capable AA riders. That's why the training and preparation matters so much. Because I too am on a tight...
  9. OP it's just that the transition between 1st and...

    OP it's just that the transition between 1st and 2nd level is one of the hardest out there.

    So if you aren't able to get a 60% on 1st 3 pretty easily, you will likely get a really beating at 2nd...
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    Been thinking about the flip side - the vast...

    Been thinking about the flip side - the vast majority of judges are trainers, many who are active competitors.

    So pro's have an even bigger issue. Your peers are judging you quite frequently.

    I...
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    Not sure I'm following - is the OP actually...

    Not sure I'm following - is the OP actually suggesting that a judge would underscore a horse/rider to keep that person out of the regionals?

    The irony here is that it is very easy to qualify for...
  12. Start in much smaller amounts. If she is good at...

    Start in much smaller amounts. If she is good at serpentines, then make the straight portion longer in between changing directions.

    You might also try turning across the court instead of doing a...
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    The price is very fair for the mare. I wouldn't...

    The price is very fair for the mare. I wouldn't be worried about the maintenance issues on a 4th level/PSG horse of that age. The one concern would be that I don't think it is legal to show on...
  14. The show wouldn't even need to change the times -...

    The show wouldn't even need to change the times - they could indicate that she was a ROO and just change her to Open.
  15. When you fill out your entry, as a competitor you...

    When you fill out your entry, as a competitor you select the division. The show then verifies your division,

    If the show mistakenly puts you in the wrong division, the competitor needs to go to...
  16. I think you are being really smart - start off...

    I think you are being really smart - start off with schooling shows, work with your trainer, work through the issues and give your horse confidence.

    Lots of horses are scared of the judge's booth...
  17. Amy, I'm hoping this was a schooling show . . ....

    Amy, I'm hoping this was a schooling show . . . because at a rated show you can't go school in the show arena on show day, during a break. That will get you into trouble.
  18. Sounds like you handled it well - that's really...

    Sounds like you handled it well - that's really about the only thing you can do in the moment.

    Now work on it in between shows.

    It is also quite helpful to go the day before and school if you...
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    Silly horse has it right - just email the product...

    Silly horse has it right - just email the product name and ingredients to usef, they will get right back to you.
  20. Another thought - you might check out Hillary...

    Another thought - you might check out Hillary Martin - I think that would be biking distance. I can't speak to her teaching skills or if she has access to school horses, but I've seen her compete a...
  21. I was thinking about this last night so I watched...

    I was thinking about this last night so I watched the video of the chestnut horse again this am. There is just something appealing about him, though I think the first one is really, really sweet.
    ...
  22. It is quite interesting to see the two videos...

    It is quite interesting to see the two videos side by side, so to speak. You have this horse more forward but you also seem to be pushing/working quite a bit harder.

    One thing that I also...
  23. Horses are individuals, just like people. The...

    Horses are individuals, just like people.

    The Exploding Pony worked 6 days a week. Always. Or he was a complete. Idiot. I tried to give him more down time, more lunging, more trail rides. Yeah....
  24. I don't often go of course. I have plenty of...

    I don't often go of course. I have plenty of other issues with my tests but I don't typically go off the pattern.

    But when someone is available to read, I always like to have my test read. It's...
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    It always love the "one level a year" theory. ...

    It always love the "one level a year" theory.

    It can happen, if the horse stays sound, you have a really good trainer, enough time (ie 5 lessons a week) ... The list goes on and on.

    The reality...
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