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    Poll: While that's true, don't kid yourself that CANCER...

    While that's true, don't kid yourself that CANCER or MS or ALS or any other devastating disease can't happen to you. Also don't kid yourself that you may be a victim of an accident or crime that...
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    Poll: Doesn't matter how good you are if you are...

    Doesn't matter how good you are if you are unlucky. By unlucky I mean having bad things happen to you that are totally outside of your control, such as poor health.
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    I loved The Shipping News (and almost everything...

    I loved The Shipping News (and almost everything else that Proulx has written.)

    I did not care for The God of Animals. I don't remember much about it now--but as I recall it was in the same vein...
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    I read it, and I was a little disappointed. ...

    I read it, and I was a little disappointed. Perhaps my expectations were too high.
    The equestrian details were accurate; the explicit sexual content was handled well. And yet, there was something...
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    There are plenty of slaves in the world...

    There are plenty of slaves in the world today--most of them women and children. Some say there are more slaves today than in any time in history.

    Let's figure out what to do about that. Makes no...
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    Check out Isabella Farm. ...

    Check out Isabella Farm.

    http://www.isabellafarms.com/

    I believe that Cypress is just north west of Houston.
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    My experience is 9 months to a year for a hypertrophied under neck muscle to lose its tone and become flaccid. And only if the horse is never allowed to stargaze and brace its neck--because that...
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    Oh, but bear in mind, they all resist a shorter...

    Oh, but bear in mind, they all resist a shorter rein at first. They would much rather flop around on the forehand with a long rein than work. On a long rein it is so much easier for the horse to...
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    A dressage trainer long ago told me to start with...

    A dressage trainer long ago told me to start with hands half way down the rein (that is, half of the rein in the bight, half in front of your fist) and then work from there depending on how short...
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    Yes. The judge was extremely strict as far as...

    Yes. The judge was extremely strict as far as what she let into evidence, and many questioned her decisions. But the upside is that now the conviction is pretty bulletproof on appeal.
  11. I saw your post yesterday and said to myself,...

    I saw your post yesterday and said to myself, "Gee, I work in Boston, I should be able to help." But I got nothing for you. :sadsmile:

    I have never been to the Marathon, despite its being so...
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    What a relief! There was so much evidence that...

    What a relief! There was so much evidence that the judge did not allow the jury to hear that I feared the verdict would go the other way. Essentially, the jury had to find him guilty without the...
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    I'm reading Anne McCaffrey's "The Lady," which I...

    I'm reading Anne McCaffrey's "The Lady," which I believe someone here recommended eons ago. I didn't realize that McCaffrey was a horse person until after her death. I'm halfway through and finding...
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    You're most welcome. I've been around a long time...

    You're most welcome. I've been around a long time and dabbled in a lot of disciplines. One is not better than the other, and styles of riding may vary, but good riding is good riding, and its...
  15. I actually think that it is a little...

    I actually think that it is a little disappointing that they are not changing his name to Deloitte Verdades. I wonder what really went into that decision? Not only would it have been nice exposure...
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    People who ride in chair seat do not necessarily...

    People who ride in chair seat do not necessarily hang on the reins or brace their feet! In fact, some of them are excellent riders---they are just not dressage riders. Good riders from other...
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    I have a zero gravity recliner from Relax the...

    I have a zero gravity recliner from Relax the Back. I can't recommend it highly enough.

    http://www.relaxtheback.com/zero-gravity.html
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    I read it quite a while ago. I don't remember...

    I read it quite a while ago. I don't remember much about it, and I don't think that I liked it very much. But I believe that it would be considered to be in the "magical realism" genre, and I don't...
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    My sense of the author's message was that you...

    My sense of the author's message was that you were supposed to feel that way. The book actually had a very clear story arc, but I can understand how you might feel disappointed with the somewhat...
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    Sounds like Sylvia Loch who wrote the book "The...

    Sounds like Sylvia Loch who wrote the book "The Classical Rider."
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    Well, in my state the school would not be able to...

    Well, in my state the school would not be able to give you any information because you are not your daughter. Privacy laws require that information only be shared with the person to whom it...
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    It has been a long time since I read it, but I...

    It has been a long time since I read it, but I don't remember anything tragic like that happening. So if something did, I am sure that it was "off screen" and simply mentioned, not described.
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    Although I agree with most of what you say in...

    Although I agree with most of what you say in your post, I have always found that instructions like "sit on your pockets" and "tuck your tail" cause riders to sit in chair seat, particularly if that...
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    THe PBS mini-series "A Path Appears" (based on...

    THe PBS mini-series "A Path Appears" (based on the book of the same title) was also very enlightening on these subjects. There was a good segment on the Restavec children in Haiti as well as a...
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    In my experience, most people who have learned in...

    In my experience, most people who have learned in a hunt seat saddle have a tendency to sit more in chair seat (when they are not in half seat.) Chair seat results in loss of ability to use your leg...
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