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  1. As above, I think the tension is often a "normal"...

    As above, I think the tension is often a "normal" response to higher expectations. Alternating between industrious work (tension) and relaxation periods multiple times during each riding session...
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    I think some trainers would be offended. SHOULD...

    I think some trainers would be offended. SHOULD they be? No. It's your life, your horse and you shouldn't have to be chained to the new barn. This drives me crazy about some trainers and shows a...
  3. I spent a couple years feeling insufficient...

    I spent a couple years feeling insufficient because my horse is better than I. Finally got over it when I realized that my horse could CARE LESS if she becomes an International horse, or even a high...
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    Yes, be ready to try 100%! No excuses. I just...

    Yes, be ready to try 100%! No excuses. I just witnessed a trailer-in lesson with my instructor. The client spent most of the lesson telling the instructor why she couldn't do various things...
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    I wouldn't assume that every horse showing FEI in...

    I wouldn't assume that every horse showing FEI in a snaffle has superior training to those in double bridles. Yes, many incorrectly use the double to lighten a horse who's too strong. I'm willing...
  6. Thread: Horse Valium?

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    My horse, who's on stall rest, is on Prozac...

    My horse, who's on stall rest, is on Prozac (fluoxetine). The vets at CSU recommended this and have had very good luck with it. Ruby is perfect on it...quiet and happy but not "drugged" acting. I...
  7. Thread: Where is Morocco?

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    HaHa!!! Maggie! She is such a sweetie. She...

    HaHa!!! Maggie! She is such a sweetie. She bucked me off too during her early time under saddle. Broke my rib and made me realize I'm not as young as I used to be. She quit the shenanigans...
  8. Thread: Where is Morocco?

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    I can vouch for the Mannhattan babies too. My...

    I can vouch for the Mannhattan babies too. My "once in a lifetime" horse is a Mannhattan offspring. I bought Maude as a baby. Though she did have quite a buck in her starting out, she has exceeded...
  9. Thread: Where is Morocco?

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    Morocco's owner/rider is Anita Williams. I...

    Morocco's owner/rider is Anita Williams. I believe they live in Eagle, CO (or at least somewhere around Vail). I don't know if Morocco is still breeding but maybe that info can help you out. I...
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    Is there any video of Romanov at the dutch...

    Is there any video of Romanov at the dutch championships? I'll sure be disappointed if Gal takes Undercover instead of Romanov....which looks most likely at this point in time. Crossed fingers that...
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    I think the key is that sport horses have been...

    I think the key is that sport horses have been bred with great care and rigorous inspection. The end product being a horse who is capable of doing the Olympic sports. Nothing sounds more ying yang,...
  12. Thread: Banged Tails

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    Like many things in dressage, it takes...

    Like many things in dressage, it takes preparation well ahead of time. The key is to keep the horse's tail healthy and keep the hair from splitting off......it all needs to be one length and shorter...
  13. Imagine my surprise when I took some lessons with...

    Imagine my surprise when I took some lessons with a "classical" instructor and even he told me to warm my horse up in a deep frame. I mean, way BTV! He had everyone else doing long and low with...
  14. Thread: Pricing question

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    Yep. I'd buy the horse too. I think injections...

    Yep. I'd buy the horse too. I think injections every 1-2 years is actually very little maintenance for an FEI horse. I would not lower the price.
  15. Thread: Pricing question

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    My thoughts, exactly. I don't know how many...

    My thoughts, exactly. I don't know how many times I've seen people riding around on their "100% sound, needs no maintenance" horse......and observed an obvious gait irregularity. There are very,...
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    Depends on your definition of a "good horse". ...

    Depends on your definition of a "good horse". One of the best horses I could have ever lucked into was a little grade horse of Arab and ?? ancestry who was less than 1,000. That said, this horse...
  17. I had honestly terrible service at EuroAmerican...

    I had honestly terrible service at EuroAmerican Saddlery with my Hennig. I honestly think I had a legal complaint but I didn't pursue it due to lack of time and motivation to engage in ugliness. I...
  18. Thread: Pricing question

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    Confirmed PSG horse, safe and a good dressage...

    Confirmed PSG horse, safe and a good dressage mover (I'm assuming). Here you are paying for training. There is nothing more valuable than the lessons a good schoolmaster can give you. The "issues"...
  19. Just took a look at "the video". I honestly see...

    Just took a look at "the video". I honestly see more "abusive riding" at our local shows and at any kind of 4H or Pony club event. Poor riding can certainly equal abusive riding, even though it's...
  20. At least if they're piloted by AA's......yes. I...

    At least if they're piloted by AA's......yes. I do think there's a real problem with name recognition and the "halo effect" at the very upper levels. The "trying to get on the team" levels. I...
  21. I never really experienced that......having a...

    I never really experienced that......having a well-ridden and accurate ride on one of my off breed horses beat by a poor rider on a fancy horse. I think that actually happens much LESS often than...
  22. I dunno. i think dressage is in a hard position....

    I dunno. i think dressage is in a hard position. The sport is very difficult to do with even a moderate degree of competence. Takes years and very hard work to achieve much of anything. This...
  23. I agree that the whole thing SOUNDS fishy. What...

    I agree that the whole thing SOUNDS fishy. What I can't figure out is why lies would be told in this case. Both stallions stand at Blue Horse. Why on earth would a lie be paid for or told...
  24. I agree....BUT......I bet the Romney's don't know...

    I agree....BUT......I bet the Romney's don't know what it's like to HONESTY go hungry at times, freeze at home with the heat turned down in the winter and various other sacrifices in order to be able...
  25. I think the original intent of pointing out that...

    I think the original intent of pointing out that the Romney's are rich is to highlight the fact that they paid 15% tax rate this last year while the middle class people like myself.....who work and...
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