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  1. The best protection is shipping wraps--bandages...

    The best protection is shipping wraps--bandages over quilts all the way down over the coronary band. Next best would be shipping boots. And the least protection is nothing. I had a bad shipper...
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    I think it is fine to both show and hunt your...

    I think it is fine to both show and hunt your horse...I show and hunt my horses, and I have a neighbor who does the same. If your horse is fit enough to hunt, doing a show is not that difficult for...
  3. I don't remember when I heard my first purr. But...

    I don't remember when I heard my first purr. But my old cat, as much as I loved him, I was disappointed because he really didn't purr. Once in a blue moon, he would purr so quietly you could barely...
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    Shivers and stringhalt: I have two lesson...

    Shivers and stringhalt: I have two lesson horses. One has stringhalt. stringhalt appears when the horse is moving, and the horse snaps the leg up high. The stringhalt lesson horse is old--but he...
  5. My lesson program has two crosbys, 9 courbettes, ...

    My lesson program has two crosbys, 9 courbettes, a passier, and another made in england close contact. With the exception of one deep seated courbette and one all purpose courbette, the rest are...
  6. Thread: Counting sheep

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    Problem with horses and sheep is that some horses...

    Problem with horses and sheep is that some horses think it is fun to pull the wool out of their backs.
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    For what its worth, the deal offered you sounded...

    For what its worth, the deal offered you sounded very standard and really non-risk to you. It is a deal I would have taken without question, and it is a deal I would have offered someone. In fact,...
  8. A good horse is never a bad color.

    A good horse is never a bad color.
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    The rule of thumb is 4 fingers behind your seat...

    The rule of thumb is 4 fingers behind your seat before you run out of cantle when you are sitting in the saddle.
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    Horses will exhibit behavior like this sometimes...

    Horses will exhibit behavior like this sometimes because they are standing still eating concentrates rather than moving. Naturally, the horse would be moving while grazing, and having to stand still...
  11. Thread: Swayback pad

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    I have a swaybacked horse, and a swayback pad. I...

    I have a swaybacked horse, and a swayback pad. I do not use the swayback pad on the horse. It doesn't fill in the right areas. I use a riser pad on the horse. The swayback pad is thicker in the...
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    My old stallion that I showed in hunters I quit...

    My old stallion that I showed in hunters I quit doing warm-ups with; if I did warm-ups he left his best jumps in there; it was better if I took him into the class for the first time--then he jumped...
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    One suggestion I would have would be for your...

    One suggestion I would have would be for your trainer to talk with the seller; the trainer can sometimes tell by what the seller is saying if a horse is going to potentially work for you or not; by...
  14. Thread: The Rearer- UPDATE

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    I would probably start asking the bending, taking...

    I would probably start asking the bending, taking contact, etc. on longlines first, because it is easier to deal with the sucking back/rearing issues on the ground. However, you have to be good at...
  15. I would not put a standing martingale on a...

    I would not put a standing martingale on a rearer. Back when I was training for the public, I had to do some rearers...I retrained them using draw reins, but again, you have to know what you are...
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    This, especially number two. Not all horses will...

    This, especially number two. Not all horses will roundpen or longe. One of my best school horses would not longe for anything (complete panic) and I currently have a school horse I told was very...
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    Just for Ponies has several options for small...

    Just for Ponies has several options for small headed ponies.
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    I bought a 17 year old horse with no jumping...

    I bought a 17 year old horse with no jumping experience, he showed 3' and 3' 6" into his mid-twenties and was still doing 2' 6" right up to when he died a few weeks shy of 29 years. I have a 23 year...
  19. If I wanted the place, I would buy it, disinfect...

    If I wanted the place, I would buy it, disinfect it really well, let the paddocks sit 30 days to be sure they were 'clean', and then go ahead and bring horses in. I think that you can do public...
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    There are many nicely made in England saddles...I...

    There are many nicely made in England saddles...I have both, one French saddle (Forstier) that I do ride some in, and another English saddle (made by Ideal) that I also ride and hunt in. They are...
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    A chain over the nose is usually my go-to method,...

    A chain over the nose is usually my go-to method, but with a pony that is bad for diving for grass, sometimes the chain under the chin works better.
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    Speaking of tents, I bought a TB right off the...

    Speaking of tents, I bought a TB right off the track, and took it on a short ride to a neighbor's house two days after I bought it. I was standing on the horse talking to the neighbor, and a pop-up...
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    As a trainer, you usually can see basically what...

    As a trainer, you usually can see basically what you've got even if the horse is unfit. You can tell basic temperament, basic training, and basic form over fences. I buy horses all the time that...
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    Certainly. We've broke out older horses and had...

    Certainly. We've broke out older horses and had them go on to have useful lives.
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    Could be the fact that it is winter. Or his back...

    Could be the fact that it is winter. Or his back could still be sore. When I have a sore-backed horse I usually have at least a massage done on it, and sometimes chiropractic as well. He not only...
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