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    My three black cats have varied coat textures-...

    My three black cats have varied coat textures- one of them is VERY soft and silky. The other two are also soft, but not quite as silky. They're all shiny but the silky one is the shiniest. I can...
  2. This is a tough one, and I don't have a complete...

    This is a tough one, and I don't have a complete answer/plan, but I'd start with LOTS of positive reinforcement work for IGNORING the kittens.
  3. It sounds like a lunge-line lesson where you take...

    It sounds like a lunge-line lesson where you take away stirrups and reins (therefore there's little for her to grip/brace against) and have her do things that encourage looseness and stretching, like...
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    ***** Similar to your story, one of my most...

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    Similar to your story, one of my most memorable dreams wasn't a stress dream (I've had those too- usually going off course or not being ready for my class, etc.). It was when I had been...
  5. Just here to second (third? fourth?) the steep...

    Just here to second (third? fourth?) the steep X's. They help with the front end AND the hind end- my horse used to get lazy and drop his shoulder/not want to rock back at the jumps. A couple of...
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    I always have asked for a trial, and have been...

    I always have asked for a trial, and have been lucky enough to get one for both of the two horses I've purchased (and a few who I said, "no thanks" for various reasons). It's not a deal-breaker to me...
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    Unfortunately, despite the many other benefits (0...

    Unfortunately, despite the many other benefits (0 risk of testicular cancer, extremely reduced risk of perineal hernia, behavioral stuff, etc.), I don't think that allergies are affected by...
  8. Most hunter courses are pretty straightforward...

    Most hunter courses are pretty straightforward (something to the tune of "outside line, diagonal line, outside line, diagonal line," maybe with some single jumps mixed in). I know one horse that...
  9. You're going to get dinged for holding a counter...

    You're going to get dinged for holding a counter canter around the corner, so I'd work on landing the leads if you're not going to ask for changes on-course!

    Not much other input beyond what's...
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    I was so shocked when I heard. I grew up in the...

    I was so shocked when I heard. I grew up in the same "cohort" of Long Island riders and have many fond memories from the times we shared.
    Condolences to her close friends and family.
  11. I don't really show anymore due to life...

    I don't really show anymore due to life circumstances, but when I did, I pretty much always had my trainer come. I valued her guidance in the schooling ring (she never really got on my horse- but I'd...
  12. "It really sucks that I can only afford to have...

    "It really sucks that I can only afford to have ONE horse at a time." [kept at a nice barn, taking regular lessons, going to local and a few bigger shows and being relatively competitive, etc.]

    I...
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    As a short person, I actually prefer the...

    As a short person, I actually prefer the crownpiece buckled so that I can throw it over their head and catch the ears, hopefully. Maybe it's just because that's how I'm used to haltering horses, but...
  14. This is what works for me: Focus more on pace...

    This is what works for me:

    Focus more on pace and less on the "distance." Once you have your pace established, try counting in little "sets" (eg. 1,2,3,4,1,2,3,4) with each canter stride. The...
  15. It sounds like it's probably not actually related...

    It sounds like it's probably not actually related to the neuter site because of the timing, but your guess is as good as mine as to what he actually did to himself. Could have started out as...
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  17. If the litter is getting thin, mine (not sure...

    If the litter is getting thin, mine (not sure which of the 3) will drag things, anything really, into the box to "cover" their mess. Like the litterbox scoop. Or any unfortunately placed fabric. Or...
  18. Poll: It's not ideal, but sometimes my poor baby has to...

    It's not ideal, but sometimes my poor baby has to go about 12 hours. Usually if I'm gone that long, I can get someone to walk her at some point but sometimes things happen and I don't get a chance to...
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    What is it about river rocks?

    Background- I have a 5 year old pittie houndy mix, and we like to go down to the creek in the summertime.

    She has NO toy drive, couldn't care less about fetching, and doesn't like to swim, just...
  20. There are definitely horses I didn't even sit on...

    There are definitely horses I didn't even sit on when I was shopping.

    If I were the seller, I'd appreciate you not wasting my time/my horse's energy with a long test ride if you're not actually...
  21. When I got my first horse, we were both...

    When I got my first horse, we were both relatively green (he didn't know his changes and hadn't been to any shows. I had lessons twice a week- one was a half hour private where I rode him, and the...
  22. My parents' long hair goes to the groomer every...

    My parents' long hair goes to the groomer every 1-2 months to keep the mats at bay. They do a belly/butt shave and also give him a bath/full grooming. One time when the mats got out of control, he...
  23. This thread just feels like the biggest, baddest...

    This thread just feels like the biggest, baddest way to tempt the fates :lol:
  24. 2 meals a day is definitely doable for cats (they...

    2 meals a day is definitely doable for cats (they might initially complain, however, and try to convince you otherwise!).

    I would start by looking at what the bag recommends in terms of amounts to...
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    Does kitty like treats? If DS carries treats...

    Does kitty like treats?
    If DS carries treats around and tosses them to kitty whenever she's NOT directing aggressive behavior his way, you might be able to wean her of that habit (and create a more...
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