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  1. A clinician told me this once and it helped me. ...

    A clinician told me this once and it helped me.

    The lead change has three steps. They are, in this order...

    1. SLOW DOWN!
    2. Move the horse's shoulders to the outside.
    3. Apply the aids....
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    Me too!!!!! Thanks to those who've already...

    Me too!!!!!

    Thanks to those who've already posted links.
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    Anyone live in an equestrian community?

    I keep seeing all these ads for equestrian communities in COTH. It sounds heavenly - but wondering what it's really like.

    Anyone live in an equestrian community? Care to share?
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    For those of you suggesting spanx or a spanx-like...

    For those of you suggesting spanx or a spanx-like alternative, the OP says it will be 95 degrees.

    Aren't you concerned with spontaneous combustion?

    OP, since it's a schooling show and you're...
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    Have you looked online at sales websites? Check...

    Have you looked online at sales websites? Check out bigeq.com amd exchangehunterjumper.com and search for the type of horse you're looking for. Those sites will give you a good idea of the price...
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    One third to one half of the prices quoted above.

    One third to one half of the prices quoted above.
  7. Thanks everyone for sharing your experiences. I...

    Thanks everyone for sharing your experiences. I took the plunge and had my surgery today. Knocking furiously on wood, but so far, so good. (Yep, I know that I'm pumped full of drugs and worse days...
  8. I'm sorry I don't have a recommendation for you,...

    I'm sorry I don't have a recommendation for you, but just curious...why wouldn't you get X-rays?
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    Love this, copper! For years I've been saying...

    Love this, copper! For years I've been saying figure skating vs speed skating, but I like your hockey analogy better!
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    Where in Illinois are you? If possible, head to...

    Where in Illinois are you? If possible, head to Lamplight in Wayne this weekend. They are wrapping up the third of a three-week show series. There are five or six rings of competition for hunter,...
  11. Making a prickly pear into a cuddly bear? Is it possible?

    Would love to hear your experiences.

    Say you have a horse who is on the snarky side. Doesn't like to be groomed, protective of his stall space, girthy, probably body sore. Likely needs a whole...
  12. LOVE THIS! Very original!

    LOVE THIS! Very original!
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    WOW!

    WOW!
  14. Youtube. Start with the following channels and...

    Youtube.

    Start with the following channels and Youtube's suggestions will lead you to more and more...
    HannoverImports (one of my faves!)
    Germanshowhorses (Karin's channel)
    GermanHorseCenter...
  15. Karin is awesome! Love her! She has many nice...

    Karin is awesome! Love her! She has many nice horses and is great to work with. A friend has purchased multiple horses from her. I ended up not using her since I found a horse on my own, but I...
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    Go to Lamplight this weekend and hang out by the...

    Go to Lamplight this weekend and hang out by the pony ring. Also watch the Nervous, um I mean Novice Adults and the Mortified, oops, that's Modified Adults.*

    You can see how the trainers interact...
  17. Not sure if you're referring to tack or...

    Not sure if you're referring to tack or clothing....

    but I got an RJ Classics soft shell hunt coat - the Ladies Xtreme Collection for Ocala and it is TO. DIE. FOR.

    I got the kind with the flat...
  18. Unless you bought off of a video, in which case...

    Unless you bought off of a video, in which case you have no travel costs. :-) I thought about taking my trainer for a quick shopping trip, but it was going to cost $5,000 for the two of us to go on...
  19. Lots of excellent points here! My mare is the...

    Lots of excellent points here!

    My mare is the only one on the CEM truck. Cost per horse was 60% for two and 45% of what I paid for 3.

    Moral of the story...buy in bulk! :-)

    That darn Euro,...
  20. Not sure. I had to pay the entire balance to the...

    Not sure. I had to pay the entire balance to the carrier when I made the reservation.
  21. Thanks for the spelling correction. What if one...

    Thanks for the spelling correction. What if one is referring to a hot dog? Is that a Frankfurter or a Frankforter? :-)
  22. I am paying two parties - a shipper and the CEM...

    I am paying two parties - a shipper and the CEM facility. That's how the shipper broke out their invoice. One line item had the flight and a separate line item had the NY quarantine. (I was...
  23. LJ, that is an excellent question. Even with my...

    LJ, that is an excellent question. Even with my insanely expensive import costs, the European horses, in my experience, are significantly less expensive.

    I recently bought a young horse in...
  24. Brilliant idea! I knew there was a reason I...

    Brilliant idea!

    I knew there was a reason I didn't throw those old paddock boots away!
  25. Costs to import from Europe - sharing my experience

    There were several recent threads on importing from Europe. I thought I'd share my expenses.

    These are round numbers and are in dollars. I paid in Euros, so YMMV as exchange rates fluctuate.
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