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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. For really cold days I like the SSG riding...

    For really cold days I like the SSG riding mittens (leather, with warm lining) but my hands don't tend to get very cold. Down to around 0F in the indoor, I'm fine with thin fleece gloves. I have the...
  4. I'm 60 and a timid rider. For me, resoundingly,...

    I'm 60 and a timid rider. For me, resoundingly, the right TB, particularly if you can find one with good feet. I love the TB brain. I've had three and the current two are pretty average doers (the...
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    Good atmosphere in the barn (the one bad egg left...

    Good atmosphere in the barn (the one bad egg left and a couple of really good ones came in). It makes the -15oC days in the indoor bearable. Seriously.

    I've noticed that it's much less cold in the...
  6. My 9 year old grey TB gelding: Machiavelli's The...

    My 9 year old grey TB gelding: Machiavelli's The Prince. Since he reached the age of majority, he has always been intent on conquering the (his) world. A bit of a pipsqueak physically (he's just 16...
  7. I'm an older, timid rider. My chestnut TB mare...

    I'm an older, timid rider. My chestnut TB mare was an angel for a couple of years and then figured out how to intimidate me under saddle (she has always been good on the ground). She would balk, kick...
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    I was told to not put the weight in my stirrups...

    I was told to not put the weight in my stirrups but just to rest my foot in the stirrup, which helps considerably. I also think the balance of the saddle and position of the stirrup bars also makes a...
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    Although it is not riding related, the Globe and...

    Although it is not riding related, the Globe and Mail had a piece on this the other day. I had no idea it could be so severe.
    ...
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    Well, one reason to watch the COTH coverage is...

    Well, one reason to watch the COTH coverage is that Dom and Jimmie Schramm are the commentators. I watched a bit of the dressage yesterday and they were hilarious in a down-to-earth wry sort of way. ...
  11. I wash mine all the time at home in my top loader...

    I wash mine all the time at home in my top loader using Melp. I looked at the washing instructions in the booklet that came with the pad and I think you can even put it in the dryer. They say to keep...
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    I don't know if this is legal in a recognized...

    I don't know if this is legal in a recognized show but last time I scribed at a schooling show I took my binoculars. The way the arena was set up, not many competitors were passing in front of the...
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    There are no rules about lunging in my barn but...

    There are no rules about lunging in my barn but when there are three or four or more horses in the indoor, people usually only do it when absolutely necessary and they make it quick. I don't have a...
  14. I needed one for my camp (which has no...

    I needed one for my camp (which has no electricity) to replace the very frustrating Craftsman I had, which I could never start. I now have a Stihl 16" and boy was it worth it! Not too heavy and easy...
  15. The Ariat Barnyards are comfortable and I have...

    The Ariat Barnyards are comfortable and I have wide feet, bunions and a hammer toe. For tall boots, my Equitectors have a roomy toe box.
  16. I have sensitive skin and rosacea and can't use...

    I have sensitive skin and rosacea and can't use most products so my modest goal is to keep my skin as happy as possible, moisturized and protected against the sun, without it freaking out and without...
  17. Not that I always manage to achieve them: Each...

    Not that I always manage to achieve them:

    Each gait should have the feeling of the next higher gait in it.

    And also that thing about hands and elbows (your hands are just extensions of the...
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    My first horse (I had a full lease with her) was...

    My first horse (I had a full lease with her) was a 23 year old small, nondescript bay TB mare, an ex-eventer, who had done everything under the sun. She was honest, brave, well schooled, a great...
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    Poll: Bogs are more comfortable (for my feet anyway)...

    Bogs are more comfortable (for my feet anyway) and cuter, while Mucks are more durable. I wish they'd make the cute classic Bog models tougher and put decent soles on them (they are slippery in mud...
  20. My BO went way over and beyond for my elderly...

    My BO went way over and beyond for my elderly mare. Mare required vast amounts of grain, soaked beet pulp, etc. The summer before my mare was euthed (we had planned to do it the following fall), she...
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    Thanks, Beowulf! I use trot poles fairly often...

    Thanks, Beowulf! I use trot poles fairly often but like the idea of the walk poles for warming up/cooling down.
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    Following this... Question: how do you space the...

    Following this... Question: how do you space the walk poles? Or could I just use the same spacing as the trot poles (a little over 4 ft. apart)?
  23. How about a French name since the dam's name is...

    How about a French name since the dam's name is French

    Freudienne
    Plaisir partagé
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    The bagel, bacon and egg breakfast sandwich and...

    The bagel, bacon and egg breakfast sandwich and Quarter Pounder with fries. With a non-fat latte.

    Moving into the *marginally healthier* realm, I adore chicken shish taouk on pita with garlic...
  25. A doctor friend of mine, now passed away, told me...

    A doctor friend of mine, now passed away, told me that riders had a small anatomical difference in the legs somewhere (bone or joint, can't remember) that is not found in non-riders. Apparently, it...
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