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  1. Added: You'll notice that there's no mention...

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    You'll notice that there's no mention of jumping in any of the foregoing. There's a reason for that. All of the above should happen before you start working on jumping cross country, and...
  2. I would also like to tactfully say that if most...

    I would also like to tactfully say that if most or all of you previous experience is in the arena, going out hunting, even on a good beginner friendly hunt horse, is a BIG step. When the hunt...
  3. I assumed the heavy breathing was from fear and...

    I assumed the heavy breathing was from fear and panic, which is to be expected when the horse falls.

    I didn't see anything that indicated lack of fitness. GFAG, I agree - the horse has an...
  4. I agree with Bluey. The horse travels long and...

    I agree with Bluey. The horse travels long and stretched out; not at all in the compressed frame we're used to seeing in jumpers at this level. And I suspect this course was at the upper limit of...
  5. I agree with Bluey. The horse travels long and...

    I agree with Bluey. The horse travels long and stretched out; not at all in the compressed frame we're used to seeing in jumpers at this level. And I suspect this course was at the upper limit of...
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    Two thoughts - first, that the quality of any...

    Two thoughts - first, that the quality of any volunteer organization is entirely dependent of the quality of its volunteers, and the quality of the volunteers is not consistent across the...
  7. He does look classier with that hairstyle.

    He does look classier with that hairstyle.
  8. This is the best I could do for a photo of hunter...

    This is the best I could do for a photo of hunter hair

    http://cdnll.doversaddlery.com/images/m/0003645.jpg

    ETA - link that woks
  9. Rohello, In re: the clothes defining the role...

    Rohello,

    In re: the clothes defining the role and sociology, I have an anecdote about that. Many, many years ago, I did freelance work at a bunch of different barns. One was a big commercial...
  10. Riding is a sport where attention to detail...

    Riding is a sport where attention to detail MATTERS. I don't know a single world class rider who isn't a stickler for detail and turnout. That's not causation but it is correlation. The attention...
  11. I think you're missing the point, or perhaps,...

    I think you're missing the point, or perhaps, taking the antagonistic direction the OP was hoping this thread would take.

    I don't care about your magenta Troxel and don't think it has anything to...
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    And honestly, you need someone with a...

    And honestly, you need someone with a knowledgable eye on the ground to watch the horse through the exercise and adjust the striding according to your goals and the way your horse is going that day. ...
  13. Re: the "dinner lady," here in the US, more...

    Re: the "dinner lady," here in the US, more commonly referred to as the lunch lady.

    I had a student in my barn who when she moved from short stirrup, where pigtails were acceptable, really had...
  14. It is absolutely a cultural thing, and the style...

    It is absolutely a cultural thing, and the style you were brought with. However, knowing that does not make me immune from the biases and preferences acquired in childhood. I still wear hairnets...
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    That's a really terrific definition, maybe not...

    That's a really terrific definition, maybe not what I would call feel, but certainly equestrian tact and timing. However, I re-read the OP, and I'm pretty sure that's not the level of riding she...
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    See, Meup, that wouldn't have worked for me. ...

    See, Meup, that wouldn't have worked for me. That would have been about as effective as the ubiquitous "Soften your hands!" Or "Sit softly." I had to have it broken down *much* further, as in this...
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    The only way I learned to ride in contact with...

    The only way I learned to ride in contact with correct feel was through a Litteaur based instructor who broke it down in tiny, teeny steps - sequence of the gaits, how the head and neck moves at all...
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    This. A thousand times this.

    This. A thousand times this.
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    Great thread! Things I wish I knew starting...

    Great thread!

    Things I wish I knew starting out -

    - basic business skills. I acquired them painfully later on when I was in over my head.
    - customer service and people skills. ...
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    Dear OP, I am so sorry for the hurtful,...

    Dear OP,

    I am so sorry for the hurtful, unhelpful responses you've gotten in this post. I can only hope the helpful, supportive ones counterbalanced them somewhat.

    I think it is quite normal...
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    When it's quality of life/subjective judgement...

    When it's quality of life/subjective judgement call like this, plus adding in the factor of limited vet availability, the mantra is "Better a week too early than an hour too late." Keep repeating...
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    In your situation, I would vote for the bullet...

    In your situation, I would vote for the bullet over the injection. I have seen it done, and while disturbing to watch, it is VERY quick and kind. A short barreled pistol is best. Google or look in...
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    The most surprising thing about this whole story...

    The most surprising thing about this whole story to me is that the rider in question is a chronological adult. It would be more understandable if the rider were 15 - no more forgivable, but...
  24. 1.) As others have said, use them or cut them...

    1.) As others have said, use them or cut them off. I find them useful, but having them unused/flopping around looks sloppy.

    2.). Old Pony Club/foxhunter/eventer wisdom was that you never, ever...
  25. Thread: Horse donation

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    Short answer is, it depends. I can think of...

    Short answer is, it depends.

    I can think of two local programs that I would consider (and have) loaning or donating horses to, but both of them are for profit, so there is no tax advantage to me...
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