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  1. West Houston/Katy Tx area obedience/agility training recommendations?

    Hey all,

    I've recently relocated from Western PA to the Houston, TX area (specifically, west of Katy). I did a quick google of available trainers/training programs in the area, but was looking for...
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    The expectation for attention to detail in 2nd is...

    The expectation for attention to detail in 2nd is much higher than 1st. Tempo, straightness, connection, and collection have to be consistent throughout the movement and between movements to get 7s...
  3. Failing in one area (i.e. I'm still chubbier than...

    Failing in one area (i.e. I'm still chubbier than I want, and caloric reduction is a daily struggle) does not necessarily correlate to failures in others (even given the fatness struggles above, I've...
  4. The Joan of Arc comparison was rich. Sure,...

    The Joan of Arc comparison was rich. Sure, reporting on dressage and being martyred for your faith are totally the same things.
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    I have a sheltie and a BC. I wouldn't guarantee...

    I have a sheltie and a BC. I wouldn't guarantee that they both are absolutely the breed standard, but in my experience the sheltie is easier to train, hands down. Mostly because he is 100% food...
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    There has been some interesting work done on the...

    There has been some interesting work done on the subject of obesity and baseline metabolism-- here's one that tracked the Biggest Loser contestants.

    Punchline: the body appears to react to...
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    Apropos of nothing, but I love FatDinah's...

    Apropos of nothing, but I love FatDinah's username juxtaposed with his/her views.

    Back to your regularly scheduled programming.
  8. Really? A lot more than ANY pony?...

    Really? A lot more than ANY pony? All of them?
  9. So. A thought process here. The gymnasticizing...

    So. A thought process here.

    The gymnasticizing exercises work best when you've found the appropriate tempo for your horse-- the one in which he/she is working through their whole body rather than...
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    Proud brag: My sheltie, Scott, is now a TEETER...

    Proud brag: My sheltie, Scott, is now a TEETER MASTER.

    He also loves the tunnel and chute.

    Chip, the slightly used border collie, is the champion of weavepoles. I'm pretty sure he's made of...
  11. I've got several pairs of ELT breeches. Thicker...

    I've got several pairs of ELT breeches. Thicker fabric than, say, Pikeur, but they've held up well over lots (and lots, and lots) of washes. IME sizing runs large.
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    Nowadays, the conformation I care most about is a...

    Nowadays, the conformation I care most about is a good place to put a saddle. Otherwise you end up with a whole ho$t of $addle-fit problem$. Ask me how I know.

    The other stuff... does their body...
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    Jerry's Harness also does bridles-by-the-piece,...

    Jerry's Harness also does bridles-by-the-piece, as well as custom bridles.

    https://jerrysharnessshop.com/
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    Let's for a minute accept the assumption that...

    Let's for a minute accept the assumption that correct riding creates sound horses who need no maintenance.

    How does one learn how to correctly ride? Usually, after years of not riding perfectly....
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    Transitional feed? Not a problem. I'd assume only...

    Transitional feed? Not a problem. I'd assume only enough for a couple days.

    30 days' worth of hay/grain? Not a chance.
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    J-Lu, do you remember AT? I once tried the...

    J-Lu, do you remember AT?

    I once tried the cavaletti method with him to try to get him to engage and use himself. He eyed my grid setup and then just plowed through it, leaving nothing but...
  17. Right?? Excruciating! It's like the judges...

    Right?? Excruciating! It's like the judges somehow knew to keep that 1 point away from me.
  18. It took me quite a few shots at GP to break the...

    It took me quite a few shots at GP to break the 60% barrier. I've got several tests that fell at 59.8% (all with different mistakes, too, which is fun). It's not a cakewalk to pull down a 60%. Other...
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    Assuming your sidepass is as defined by...

    Assuming your sidepass is as defined by atlatl/RedHorses above, you've got a couple options.

    1. Increase the steepness of your LY until you approach straight sideways motion. If you get stuck,...
  20. Thread: Barn Drama

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    In shopping for drama-free locales, be aware of...

    In shopping for drama-free locales, be aware of anything that advertises "NO Drama!!"

    100% correlation with tons of drama for no reason.
  21. All you non-matchy heretics. But seriously,...

    All you non-matchy heretics.

    But seriously, I've shown in a brown saddle and black bridle at a rated show. And at the championships that year. Nobody noticed or cared enough to tell me about it. ...
  22. Some people are fixers. You tell them a problem...

    Some people are fixers. You tell them a problem (i.e. that you're frustrated with a recent/recurring lameness), and they're jumping to a solution (i.e. that Pookie2 over in Barn B is for sale!).
    ...
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    3/12 update (posted days later, because that's...

    3/12 update (posted days later, because that's how I roll):

    Chip graduated out of Level 1 Obedience (as did my bemused sheltie, Scott). Hurray well-behaved dogs!

    They both were introduced to...
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    I love shoulder-fore, but you may only be able to...

    I love shoulder-fore, but you may only be able to do (very) short pieces. Example of how I start:

    1. Leaving the corner going down the long side: begin SF
    2. As soon as any imbalance creeps its...
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    It's a real unfortunate fact that lots of...

    It's a real unfortunate fact that lots of dressage enthusiasts (whether they be self-labeled as classical or competitive) are straight-up nutters.

    Source: am dressage rider. Nutter status still...
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