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  1. What everyone says. PLUS practice staying in your...

    What everyone says. PLUS practice staying in your zone - your dressage bubble. Where no-one else exists. You will probably p**s off others in the warmup (the ones who aren't in THEIR own little zone)...
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    Grass allergies? This can cause trigeminal nerve...

    Grass allergies? This can cause trigeminal nerve pain (which is implicated in head shaker syndrome). when the horse "heats up" to a certain point, even breathing can cause facial pain. At home,...
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    Isn't it up to the various national bodies to...

    Isn't it up to the various national bodies to publicise the FEI rules - AND up to individual OCs, officials and riders to look up the new rules?
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    My 10 cents worth? Save your money. Subscribe...

    My 10 cents worth?
    Save your money.
    Subscribe to "I F*****g Hate Pseudoscience" for an up-to-date scientific rationale on why all these things (including chiro, but excluding massage) are nonsense....
  5. Thread: Head Shaker

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    Headshaking syndrome is REAL - and can be caused...

    Headshaking syndrome is REAL - and can be caused by a bunch of things, from those in the environment (pollens, wind, weather) to nerve damage and teeth problems. Basically, it is a neurological...
  6. Thread: Leather bits?

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    I love the emotive language that the bitless...

    I love the emotive language that the bitless people use _ "metal in sensitive mouths" etc etc. A well-made metal bit with no harsh corners or edges can be much kinder than, say, a "happy mouth" with...
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    She can be terrific when training us how to train...

    She can be terrific when training us how to train smart, sensible horses for XC. But shut your ears and nod politely when she rants on about dressage. It is her blind spot (I'd much rather listen to...
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    Such a lovely horse. Feeling sad for Hamish, too.

    Such a lovely horse. Feeling sad for Hamish, too.
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    Had a Prestige jump saddle stretched TWICE. Each...

    Had a Prestige jump saddle stretched TWICE. Each time it sprang back...despite being advertised as being adjustable by a special heat treatment that the saddler had me pay good $$$ for...
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    It would be a good idea for you to set out in...

    It would be a good idea for you to set out in writing what your role and responsibilities are, and what the cold hard blunt monetary value is to your employer (what would they have to pay a groom? a...
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    May I suggest that you do not work unpaid?...

    May I suggest that you do not work unpaid? Negotiate a rate that you are paid, that is commensurate with your experience, knowledge and responsibilities, then you pay your mentor for your and your...
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    Top hats - especially the silly tall ones beloved...

    Top hats - especially the silly tall ones beloved by the Brits (and British based kiwis) look so silly - they make their wearers look like chimney sweeps or faded royals.
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    Lucinda Green insisted that my horse jump ditches...

    Lucinda Green insisted that my horse jump ditches from a walk. It almost fried his brain and she asked that he be removed from the lesson. He was not at all ditchy, and was not tricky when...
  14. Stubben Tristan for dressage and Siegfried for...

    Stubben Tristan for dressage and Siegfried for jumping (I borrowed one when I got to Novice and found it hard to get my dressage saddle stirrups short enough). Polo style breastplate, separate...
  15. And...Macquarie is a good uni (I went there years...

    And...Macquarie is a good uni (I went there years ago, and have recently also done a few subjects there for my second degree) - but North Ryde is not much more than a technology park on a motorway....
  16. If you go to Macquarie Uni (North Ryde) you will...

    If you go to Macquarie Uni (North Ryde) you will be close to the Hills District, the Hawkesbury region and also the Duffy's Forest areas. These are brimming with eventers - even Olympic gold...
  17. We are really lucky in AUS that An Eventful Life...

    We are really lucky in AUS that An Eventful Life sets up numerous remote cams at our bigger events, and you can download a video of your ride for $40 a few days later. They do all the classes and...
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    Some interesting suggestions - I would...

    Some interesting suggestions - I would investigate wobblers or neurological damage in the neck/head region. BUT, then I re-read your original post where you mentioned damage to the muscles/ligaments...
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    FWIW - Clayton's family company (Southern Stars...

    FWIW - Clayton's family company (Southern Stars Saddlery) is a distributor for Point II air vests.

    I have seen Clayton fall off while wearing one in an Exhibition Eventing class - I think he...
  20. Thread: Barn name ideas?

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    Ours always seem to have additional names used...

    Ours always seem to have additional names used instead of their barn (paddock) names - Pudding, Nudie, Baby...depending on their proclivities. So If Chaplin ends up being a champion at getting mud...
  21. Lice combs work really well :-)

    Lice combs work really well :-)
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    You can attach a clicker to your whip!

    You can attach a clicker to your whip!
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    Ummm, I would expect that someone coming to me...

    Ummm, I would expect that someone coming to me for a dressage lesson , and who stated to me that they competed in dressage (or eventing) and who felt they needed to improve their horse's dressage...
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    Some horse get foamy mouths when NOT wearing a...

    Some horse get foamy mouths when NOT wearing a bridle - we were lunging one in a halter the other day (for a lameness workup - he is normally lunged in a bridle), and he was a bit over hiself and...
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    There were two Fresians competing at Grand Prix...

    There were two Fresians competing at Grand Prix level at the Australian Championships last weekend.
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