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  1. In regards to course design, if you're at a...

    In regards to course design, if you're at a typical schooling show, they don't segregate horses and ponies, which means the course design does not include one or two stride combinations, or in some...
  2. frankly, I would be much more worried about the...

    frankly, I would be much more worried about the hairline pelvis fracture than the broken humerus, I would think riding would be painful and impede the healing.

    If you had lower arm fractures, I...
  3. Agree with Supershorty and Ammy. I used to...

    Agree with Supershorty and Ammy.

    I used to regularly attend a local jumper series, and the 2'6" - 3'3" divisions were usually pretty terrifying. It was also hard to send students into those...
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    Also, if she can't make payments of $100./month,...

    Also, if she can't make payments of $100./month, how the heck can she afford to keep a horse at all? Let alone to any kind of decent standard! What we she do if the horse needed vet care, or...
  5. OMG, I have to add my story to this! I got a...

    OMG, I have to add my story to this! I got a pony, sight unseen, for a school pony. An old student's parent called me up, said her sister had the pony that the cousins had outgrown, did I want it...
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    Agree with all of the above. I would call and/or...

    Agree with all of the above. I would call and/or go in person to local law enforcement, show them the contract, explain the situation and tell them you wish to go get the horse. Take any advice...
  7. Meup and F8 both gave great advice and a lot of...

    Meup and F8 both gave great advice and a lot of the same info that I would have. I will add one more caveat - the times I made money on flipping a project horse were ALWAYS when I was in a situation...
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    To be absolutely clear, I never said not to call...

    To be absolutely clear, I never said not to call animal control. Nothing of the sort. I said unless the horse was in immediate, dire danger, as in stuck in a fence, colicking or arterial bleeding,...
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    I have to weigh in here. The "Good Samaritan"...

    I have to weigh in here.

    The "Good Samaritan" in this case is nuttier than squirrel turds.



    Soooooo...GS trespassed onto private property before seeing any evidence of neglect prior to check...
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    What four mares said. Pigtails, jods and garters...

    What four mares said. Pigtails, jods and garters are cute. Pigtails, jods, garters and boobs just look wrong. I do not mind seeing a kid on a large in jods even though it's not terribly common any...
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    I ride in the TuffRiders. $40 a pair and they...

    I ride in the TuffRiders. $40 a pair and they last forever. I do like the ribbed fabric as it covers a multitude of sins and is very flattering; and by some magic it does not either rub the skin...
  12. Thread: Holy Crap!!!

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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...
  14. 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...
  18. 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...
  20. 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...
  23. 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...
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