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  1. It is still money out of pocket! A tax deduction...

    It is still money out of pocket! A tax deduction saves you from paying taxes on it - so if your effective tax rate is 25%, essentially you get that benefit toward the cost. That is why some very...
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    They use to give us credit for our GMO...

    They use to give us credit for our GMO memberships, so in a way, that was Also a big increase. I think I will just do a GMO membership and skip the usdf PM membership.
  3. I know of people that do both. Like any riding...

    I know of people that do both. Like any riding there are good examples and not-so-good. I have seen people who do primarily WD, then come out to a TD show and score and place really well. I do see...
  4. This is one of the locations we use for Region 7...

    This is one of the locations we use for Region 7 Regionals. It has a stadium covered arena and Three more covered arenas! Plus another bunch of outdoor rings. And very easy to navigate, compact in...
  5. That's easy to say when you are on the East Coast...

    That's easy to say when you are on the East Coast getting the full benefit of all USDF programs. This isn't just about Nationals, as stated over and over. This is about USDF doing everything on the...
  6. Well, between running our CDS chapter, my own...

    Well, between running our CDS chapter, my own private business, and my horses, I doubt I have time to take on something else;) Plus - until USDF comes up with a way to PAY for the reps to attend the...
  7. Here is my problem with that thinking... USDF...

    Here is my problem with that thinking... USDF put a lot of staff time and effort into this program - all of that paid for with MY dues. And they promised that they would rotate the show. So NOW...
  8. What gave you that idea? Oh, the USDF promotions...

    What gave you that idea? Oh, the USDF promotions people - who have been hired to spin the event. I'm in Region 7 - this year's championships was a bit larger then last years, but it had nothing to...
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    Poll: A couple of years of training in California -...

    A couple of years of training in California - training by a pro? Means about $36,000 added cost! Assuming nothing goes wrong, no vet bills, and not including showing, registration, etc. And that...
  10. I've never seen a pro clip a dirty horse - the...

    I've never seen a pro clip a dirty horse - the ones I've known require the horse to be clean. I have found that a dirty horse destroys the blades pretty quickly - they dull them and "gunk" them, and...
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    Poll: Well, it became a moot point. Seller is looking...

    Well, it became a moot point. Seller is looking at what other similarly bred 4 year olds are priced at, and figures a small discount on that is reasonable. Not in my price range NOR would I pay...
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    I have a friend who had "this" foal - dummy foal,...

    I have a friend who had "this" foal - dummy foal, very lax in pasterns. Four 1/2 years later, he's perfectly normal, going under saddle, nice hunter prospect. The vet hospital told her with dummy...
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    Oh, I am not sure this is 100% true - although I...

    Oh, I am not sure this is 100% true - although I think buying overseas is a higher risk, as is buying from a US "dealer". But when you buy from a small breeder - I think you are most likely going to...
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    I 3rd the KL Select or Nunn Finer pebble grip...

    I 3rd the KL Select or Nunn Finer pebble grip reins they are similar in style. The KL Select is a better quality, more supple leather, but they are both nice reins with good grip.
  15. Her age is what kills her price - if she was 5...

    Her age is what kills her price - if she was 5 years old, I'd say $20k, but as a 13 (or 14?) year old, I'd say she's in the $5k range. It was fairly easy to find the video on line - she's a decent...
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    Do look at how much you are getting. For example...

    Do look at how much you are getting. For example - that Smarkpak mix referenced above has 250 iu of Vitamin E - that is essentially none - I use 5000 ius (20 times that). . I've noticed that with a...
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    The beauty of the Rambo is that it lasts. And...

    The beauty of the Rambo is that it lasts. And lasts. And lasts. I have some of them that are 15 and 20 years old - some patches, some minor repairs, but they really do last. We don't get that...
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    Poll: At this point, I don't know much more about this...

    At this point, I don't know much more about this guy then what I posted. Of course, I know his specific bloodlines, and where he is located. I haven't even seen him in person yet.

    I am...
  19. You know, I haven't found that to be totally true...

    You know, I haven't found that to be totally true - I've seen plenty of Warmbloods (especially the older style Dutch horses!) that were short legged, sausage type - but still had plenty of reach and...
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    How can someone really say this - Fuego has...

    How can someone really say this - Fuego has scored quite well - beat quite a few nice Warmbloods! He is a crowd favorite, but really, do you think he is better then Valegro? I know a lot of people...
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    Poll: Just to clarify - "decent" gaits means they are...

    Just to clarify - "decent" gaits means they are 7/8 gaits. Decent for a well bred Warmblood. :) He isn't going to the Olympics, but he's not a disaster either!
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    I think the comments are overall fairly accurate...

    I think the comments are overall fairly accurate - the "language" isn't always "correct", but they are relevant and useful comments. You look like a capable rider, pony looks forward and athletic. ...
  23. I had this horse! A little Morgan, poor start,...

    I had this horse! A little Morgan, poor start, so she trotted super fast AND she was afraid of contact... Started out with a "western pleasure Morgan" trainer - that was a fiasco. She turned out...
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    Poll: Don't want to reveal too much to protect the...

    Don't want to reveal too much to protect the owner, but assume I live in a higher cost area - east or west coast. I like a smaller horse - that part isn't a turnoff for me - I PREFER a smaller...
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    Poll: Poll - How Much Is He Worth?

    This is NOT my horse. I ocassionally take on a project, and this is one I am vaguely considering. Four year old, ungelded Warmblood - he is smaller, roughly 15.2. Decent mover, but not a world...
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