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    I think the higher up the ranks you go, the less...

    I think the higher up the ranks you go, the less accurate the 1/3 rule becomes. Every situation is different, of course, but in my experience most (all, actually) lease prices I've encountered while...
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    Different trainers have different methods of...

    Different trainers have different methods of handling this. As others have said, you need to discuss this ahead of time so you know what to expect. My current trainer's policy is that he receives a...
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    I am in NJ and there are several successfully run...

    I am in NJ and there are several successfully run schooling/unrated series. I have noticed that:

    -Most of these facilities also hold rated shows. The schooling shows are over the same,...
  4. Thread: Shadbellys

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    I have an RJ. It was way more affordable than an...

    I have an RJ. It was way more affordable than an $800 Grand Prix and it gets the job done, fits well, and looks nice.
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    A lot depends on the specification of the class. ...

    A lot depends on the specification of the class. In zone 2, there is often an unrated "beginner hunter" type division where trotting is often not penalized. In this case, horse 1 would win. ...
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    my doctor also told me no riding. Not because of...

    my doctor also told me no riding. Not because of the bouncing, but because of the risk of falling. Although I stopped jumping immediately upon finding out, I decided to ride anyway (lightly hacking...
  7. I can empathize with your frustration. I've been...

    I can empathize with your frustration. I've been in this situation before. I, too, was otherwise very happy with the rest of the barn/program and brought my concerns about the inadequate asst. to...
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    Congratulations! I, too, am pregnant! I am...

    Congratulations! I, too, am pregnant! I am early into my second trimester. I haven't needed to switch breeches yet as I haven't developed a baby belly yet... only a small bulge ;) I stopped...
  9. What type of shows have the child and pony been...

    What type of shows have the child and pony been doing? You say she cleans up locally; does this mean she is doing the green ponies or the division at A and AA shows in your area? Or is she...
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    He is 8 years old, soon to be 9. That is...

    He is 8 years old, soon to be 9. That is definitely at the tail end of a race horse's career. I'd say with that stud fee and those relatively limited earnings (barely over 100k in his lifetime) it's...
  11. Are you looking for a place to hack? Jump? ...

    Are you looking for a place to hack? Jump? Bring your trainer & take lessons? Give lessons?

    It probably wouldn't be too difficult to find an arrangement as long as you're willing to pay for...
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    I don't believe that Desiderio Ltd. in Bedminster...

    I don't believe that Desiderio Ltd. in Bedminster is hunter/jumper oriented like Tranquillity is.

    I am not familiar with Leah Epstein but other barns in the area to try who have school horses are...
  13. I have a hunter for sale in the same price range...

    I have a hunter for sale in the same price range and my experience has been very similar. Though he is listed for sale or lease, almost 100% of the inquiries are for a lease. I think buyers are able...
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    I think a lot depends on the level of the rider. ...

    I think a lot depends on the level of the rider. Someone who has experience jumping more technical courses but hasn't necessarily shown could easily be a candidate for starting out in lower level...
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    Harrisburg Hilton might work if you're looking...

    Harrisburg Hilton might work if you're looking for something a little nicer. It's less than 10 minutes from the arena and has a lot of horse people the week of indoors.
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    I have not read all 15 pages of responses but I...

    I have not read all 15 pages of responses but I have read many.

    I, too, struggle with my husband being resentful of the time and money I spend on horses. He is right that if I am not at the barn...
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    When it comes to buying horses, money talks...

    When it comes to buying horses, money talks louder than words. The first person to write a check or leave a deposit takes preference over any other buyer who hasn't risen to a monetary commitment,...
  18. Thread: Fun to ride

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    Fun to ride does not necessarily equal success in...

    Fun to ride does not necessarily equal success in the show ring.

    To me, "fun" means the horse is brave, willing, and receptive to rider aids. The horse is not too sluggish or too quick; it likely...
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    If you really are committed to making a career in...

    If you really are committed to making a career in horses, then you will need all the experience you can get. It seems silly to quit now just because you won't have a situation you desire next year. ...
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    A friend at my barn has one. It seems like a good...

    A friend at my barn has one. It seems like a good quality saddle for that price point.
  21. This, this, this, this! Even finding a safe...

    This, this, this, this!

    Even finding a safe horse that's not competitive is very expensive!! It is important to remember that A shows are the only ones where 3'6+ hunters fill. These shows can...
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    Lease with option to purchase?

    I have someone interested in leasing a gelding of mine with an option to purchase. I have never done a deal like this before, either as a seller or a buyer. How much of the lease price is typically...
  23. Congratulations! I assume you will be boarding...

    Congratulations! I assume you will be boarding the new horse? Before you spend unnecessary money, I would find out what the barn provides. For example, my barn provides things like water buckets,...
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    I, too, do not feel that these are examples of...

    I, too, do not feel that these are examples of poor behavior.

    The student who asks if she can wear tall boots is probably a beginner who legitimately does not know if this is acceptable and is...
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    OP, stay at the current barn. You have the...

    OP, stay at the current barn. You have the invaluable opportunity to grow there and never be held back. As your relationship with this trainer grows and you grow, you may find yourself in a...
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