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    I don't think your horse is a butthead. I think...

    I don't think your horse is a butthead. I think he's a survivor, and he's doing what works for him.

    According to your background, he was owned by someone who didn't treat him very well & riding...
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    I've always loved blacks, but a true black is...

    I've always loved blacks, but a true black is hard to find. But there's no bad color for a good horse!

    A few years ago, I wanted a nice conservative colored hunter and had just about decided to...
  3. So Paul and his dad are still around! I got an...

    So Paul and his dad are still around! I got an email several years ago from the same name, though he was based in London then. He wanted me to take on Paul, a beginner, & teach 3 months of lessons in...
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    Black Beauty--not a sentimental kid's book, but...

    Black Beauty--not a sentimental kid's book, but the "Uncle Tom's Cabin of the Horse." And if you can find it, The Annotated Black Beauty by Ellen Wells is a treasure!

    Horse Heaven & all others by...
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    My old Appaloosa was mightily displeased when I...

    My old Appaloosa was mightily displeased when I got a new horse (I really had to, as my wonderful old guy was too unsound to ride consistently, but no way to explain that to him.) He'd bang on his...
  6. Old Mac, what a lovely story! A friend of...

    Old Mac, what a lovely story!

    A friend of mine had a pair of Morgan/Belgian driving mares that came from the Amish. They shared a big super-wide tie stall, and when the barn cat had kittens in...
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    Excuse me, I want to make a report about some...

    Excuse me, I want to make a report about some missing carrots.
  8. My best friend has just come back from a riding...

    My best friend has just come back from a riding vacation in Iceland--trip of a lifetime. I've been there a couple of times--wonderful horses, amazing scenery, great food and schnapps, and the...
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    Born to Trot, King of the Wind, and Black Gold by...

    Born to Trot, King of the Wind, and Black Gold by Marguerite Henry. (And her other wonderful books, too, including the Misty books.) The first three have boys as protagonists and are good stories...
  10. Here's how Gordon Wright taught me to do it years...

    Here's how Gordon Wright taught me to do it years ago:

    First he had me jump a small fence (about 2'6") with him standing at the end of the line, with my eyes focused on his upraised hand. I was to...
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    I once had a college beginner student who forgot...

    I once had a college beginner student who forgot that I'd told her to turn her hip to the (western) saddle when she dismounted & NOT to slide down on her belly. She caught the saddle horn under her...
  12. My lessons and clinics are strictly a "no cell...

    My lessons and clinics are strictly a "no cell phone zone", except for emergencies. If you're not interested enough to forego your cell phone for an hour, you're not interested enough to ride with...
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    We had Dusty Beetch and Cameo Beetch, both by...

    We had Dusty Beetch and Cameo Beetch, both by Mike Beetch (AQHA). Dusty's barn name was Sonuva--he earned it!
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    For my Clydesdale /paint cross, Max, it's clicker...

    For my Clydesdale /paint cross, Max, it's clicker training and especially Starlight mints, which he gets as a "jackpot" when he's done something wonderful. Max was the Mouth Monster of the World when...
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    Horses without the gaited gene will pace in the...

    Horses without the gaited gene will pace in the walk if they are tense and hollow in the back. And some gaited trainers have been able to teach non-gaited horses to gait, though never as successfully...
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    Way back, I had (briefly) a dirty stopper--his...

    Way back, I had (briefly) a dirty stopper--his show name was Second Thoughts.

    When I worked for a dealer, he brought in a big black horse who, when turned out with the herd, went around and bit...
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    I got some good advice from a pro when I was in a...

    I got some good advice from a pro when I was in a similar situation. When you have to deliver bad news (such as "I can't continue to reschedule your lessons when you cancel without notice," or "If...
  18. I will never, even again board at a place with a...

    I will never, even again board at a place with a loose goat, after a goat climbed up to the 3rd level of saddle racks, stood on my Stubben saddle and PEED on it! I was ready for goat barbecue that...
  19. Reminds me of riding the Knife Edge Trail in...

    Reminds me of riding the Knife Edge Trail in Kauai, Hawaii. (I painted this watercolor there quite a few years ago--the stable uses it on their website:...
  20. Sticky: I've just finished Breeding Ground by Sally...

    I've just finished Breeding Ground by Sally Wright (an Edgar-winning writer), a new mystery set in the bluegrass horse-breeding country in the l960's. The Kindle version is 2.99 on Amazon. I liked...
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    I like Saddlebreds (I'm a hunter/dressage person)...

    I like Saddlebreds (I'm a hunter/dressage person) and I like Sam! I've had a few saddlebreds and part saddlebreds in my school string from time to time--they were sensible, balanced, smooth, nice...
  22. Anyone know Greenwood Stable or Julie Hersey, Derry, NH?

    Has anyone bought a horse from Julie Hersey, Greenwood Stables, in Derry, NH? I believe she's a dealer. Some friends of mine are considering buying a horse from her that sounds good, but this would...
  23. The problem is, it's important for kids to learn...

    The problem is, it's important for kids to learn basic horsemanship like leading, grooming, tacking and putting a horse away (at least I think so!), but this has to be done under the supervision of...
  24. In our lesson program, kids help groom, tack up &...

    In our lesson program, kids help groom, tack up & put away horses as part of their lesson, but this is always supervised by the instructor or a designated assistant. If the parent is experienced with...
  25. I rode in an arena in west Australia back in the...

    I rode in an arena in west Australia back in the late 90s; they had a sports-arena sized TV monitor mounted in the ceiling of the indoor arena with a rotating video camera. You wore a "tracker" on...
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