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  1. Thank you, Charlotte!

    Thank you, Charlotte!
  2. Suggestions on reference books for beginners

    I am giving beginner lessons to a woman in her 30s with cancer, until she is advanced enough and/or I don't feel competent enough that I will hand her over to my instructor. (She wanted to ride and I...
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    My calves are about the same size as yours, maybe...

    My calves are about the same size as yours, maybe a bit smaller. I love my Equitector boots (from the UK). The pair I'm using for schooling I think is 7 or 8 years old now.
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  4. Both my horses seem happiest in the Mattes...

    Both my horses seem happiest in the Mattes sheepskin lined pads with the sheepskin directly against their backs (also have some NuMeds that I use as a backup).
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    I have the Eskadron ankle boots for my mare, who...

    I have the Eskadron ankle boots for my mare, who occasionally interferes. They seem comfortable and last forever.
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    Railbirds. And trainers staking out a big section...

    Railbirds. And trainers staking out a big section of the warm-up ring (usually the part with the driest footing) and glaring at you if you dare enter their "part".

    Bathrooms that are too far...
  7. For my mare, rushing at the canter was definitely...

    For my mare, rushing at the canter was definitely a balance and strength issue. She was scary to watch and to ride. She still tends to rush sometimes on her more difficult lead until she gets into...
  8. For reference, here's the British Dressage page....

    For reference, here's the British Dressage page. See Rule 61:
    http://www.britishdressage.co.uk/news/show/1843-rule-changes-for-2014
  9. I believe I heard that British Dressage now...

    I believe I heard that British Dressage now allows the use of a neckstrap.
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    I got mine here and am very pleased with the...

    I got mine here and am very pleased with the quality (very soft, well-padded leather, I use it everyday and it is still good as new after 4 years). It is one of her plainer designs. You specify the...
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    I live in Canada and ride in an unheated indoor...

    I live in Canada and ride in an unheated indoor so, atlhough not outside, it can get very cold. Fleece breeches (Kerrits or Irideons), silk underwear and various technical tops, with a thin down...
  12. My mare has been on and off lame this...

    My mare has been on and off lame this summer--finally discovered the cause, the shoe was pressing into her heel and causing a bruise.

    That being said, her canter has improved leaps and bounds with...
  13. I did a little bit of riding as a kid (about a...

    I did a little bit of riding as a kid (about a year of bad instruction in hunter seat, riding neighbours' horses, etc.) but my parents were never keen on me riding. I started again at age 51 with a...
  14. Irideon Cadence full seats in darker colours....

    Irideon Cadence full seats in darker colours. Even the white ones are pretty good.
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    I laughed when Irish Rhythm gave a little paw at...

    I laughed when Irish Rhythm gave a little paw at the first halt. Raring to get through the dressage phase and get on to cross country.
  16. Drugstore brand personal lubricant for sheath...

    Drugstore brand personal lubricant for sheath cleaning. And as I typed this I realized that there are a few men (not to mention children) that might be going through my tack locker and/or grooming...
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    Always wanted to name a mare Fanciulla (from the...

    Always wanted to name a mare Fanciulla (from the opera Fanciulla del West), which means young girl in Italian. Minnie, the main character and whom the title of the opera refers to (could also be the...
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    Saw a couple of Barn Swallows in Montreal this...

    Saw a couple of Barn Swallows in Montreal this morning. The Tree Swallows have been back since Sunday.

    Although migration has of course been late this year, it seems like it is speeded...
  19. https://www.equitector-usa.com/ridingboots.cfm ...

    https://www.equitector-usa.com/ridingboots.cfm

    One of my calves is 17.5" and the other maybe 18.25". I just ordered my third pair to use as my show pair. My last pair is 5 years old and still...
  20. For my gelding, it's been letting him go barefoot...

    For my gelding, it's been letting him go barefoot (took a long time for his feet to toughen up) and isoxsuprine. I know the latter is not supposed to work but it does on mine and he is noticeably...
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    When I have both horses to get ready (either for...

    When I have both horses to get ready (either for me or someone else to ride) and I don't have much time, I'll put the two on adjoining cross ties, use curry comb on one, then the other, etc., etc. I...
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    I always do some kind of eggs, usually mixed with...

    I always do some kind of eggs, usually mixed with a carb but sometimes alone.

    Usually two fried eggs in a small, easy to clean non-stick skillet sprayed with olive oil. On top of a whole-wheat...
  23. Those two Jack Russells that barked every time...

    Those two Jack Russells that barked every time people clapped. Snort. The camera finally got a shot of them.
  24. As other people have said, take him out with...

    As other people have said, take him out with another horse (a steady eddy) or better yet have your trainer or someone else who is very confident riding out take him, either mounted or ponied off...
  25. My first horse came equipped with a Rolex cooler,...

    My first horse came equipped with a Rolex cooler, I'm sure it wasn't hers, but I was too novice at the time to realize what it was. Don't know what happened to it, it probably fell apart and I threw...
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