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  1. Hike. And more hiking. Walk in front and be the...

    Hike. And more hiking. Walk in front and be the leader. Then get on for a bit and ride along. Then get off and walk some more. I'd get off randomly, not when something is spooky. My 6-year old was...
  2. My horse gets that sometimes too. I like the...

    My horse gets that sometimes too. I like the Eqyss Microtek shampoo/spay or very diluted betadine and then coconut oil.
  3. I have a wintec 2000, and find it semi-secure....

    I have a wintec 2000, and find it semi-secure. But then I got an dressage saddle with large knee-rolls and I love it! I used a local independent saddle fitter to ride in about 15 saddles one day, and...
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    what a weird thing that they thought the horse...

    what a weird thing that they thought the horse would want that?! My co-workers are all very nice, and I find half-eaten apples on the corner of my desk "for the horse." While I appreciate it, maybe...
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    There was some great research done of endurance...

    There was some great research done of endurance horses at the Tevis (100 mile endurance ride). They found that horses with BCS of 5-5.5 had a higher completion rating. A little more fat gets you...
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    Epic question. I think the OTTB, as now I seem to...

    Epic question. I think the OTTB, as now I seem to mostly see fast zombies, and you need to get away. Plus, you might have a problem with the dumb one being like my guy: totally brave and wouldn't be...
  7. My concern was the wood floors, which I didn't...

    My concern was the wood floors, which I didn't think were standard. I've also never seen a colored (anything but white) older Featherlight. But if you like it and fully inspect it, then only you can...
  8. I have a 1995 Featherlight, with mangers (I don't...

    I have a 1995 Featherlight, with mangers (I don't mind them, I know others have issues). It is a solidly built trailer. Mine does not have the walk-though. Butt-straps instead of bars is fine, the...
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    Road work is great for building leg structures,...

    Road work is great for building leg structures, but easy does it. I would work on walking work, working up to adding increments of trotting. Our roads and trails here are rock hard by summer, I add...
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    that sucks. I keep mine in my trailer, but since...

    that sucks. I keep mine in my trailer, but since that isn't an option, hay bags are not too expensive and probably easier to move around than a rubbermaid/hard sided box. My hay bag has wheels, and a...
  11. I had a Wintec 2000 and a Wintec Dressage for my...

    I had a Wintec 2000 and a Wintec Dressage for my high-withered arab. They were OK, but not the most secure, especially for sideways teleportation events. I had a lot of luck using an independent...
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    Always shocking to see such big creatures! We...

    Always shocking to see such big creatures! We only have black bears here, they scurry away as fast as they can! One time I saw a brown shape ahead, and started loudly talking to make sure it heard...
  13. Second the Lovett and Ricketts suggestion. I have...

    Second the Lovett and Ricketts suggestion. I have a dressage trail version, Solstice, the Rubicon is also nice. I bought mine used for under your price point. Before this I had a wintec 2000 and a...
  14. I personally found that the vitamin/mineral +...

    I personally found that the vitamin/mineral + mix-in feed was a little bit more expensive, but I prefer not to have to feed X-pounds of feed per day, especially with an easy keeper. I feed the...
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    You'll have fun! I just had a polo lesson at...

    You'll have fun! I just had a polo lesson at Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA. Had a great, tolerant horse. I was glad I didn't have to learn to ride and play polo at the same time. I learned the...
  16. I have a friend with this trailer. I've trailered...

    I have a friend with this trailer. I've trailered my horse in it, and we still just self-load and keep the front barrier closed. So it seems more like a waste of space! It seems to not leave as much...
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    I have a Solstice, which is also by Arabian...

    I have a Solstice, which is also by Arabian Saddle company and is pretty similar. I prefer the short billets too, and use a Toklat woolback girth (a 40 to 44, depending on fitness!) As for pad, I've...
  18. I had the same issue, I was too lazy to go to the...

    I had the same issue, I was too lazy to go to the RV store, so I tried Bon Ami, as I already use it to clean my stainless steel kitchen sink. Worked great! I just used a non-scratching sponge. Easy.
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    I think you've probably figured it out: both new...

    I think you've probably figured it out: both new trails and lack of trail riding, he's just antsy and unsure about the whole thing. There are monsters out there you know! Can you take him and just go...
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    I second the suggestion of the saddle fitting...

    I second the suggestion of the saddle fitting company Saddles that Fit. I had my mind set on an endurance saddle, I tried so many different saddles I lost count, but fell in love with an Arabian...
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    I don't think you're crazy, but I think you'd...

    I don't think you're crazy, but I think you'd better start riding a lot more now! I do think trailering 2-3 hours to do some hillwork once a month would be highly beneficial. Definitely do...
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    I love the Eddie Bauer shirts that were linked....

    I love the Eddie Bauer shirts that were linked. But I've found I sometimes get too hot even in the lightweight synthetic shirts. So I'll wear a short-sleeve technical shirt and a light-weight cotton...
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    Also in Northern California, and I'll echo some...

    Also in Northern California, and I'll echo some of Quelah's thoughts: my horse lives out 24/7, free choice hay, not over-training. But I'm not that competitive, 2-4 rides a year, otherwise a good...
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    I consulted with an equine nutritionist...

    I consulted with an equine nutritionist (unconnected to any feed companies) a couple years about diet for my endurance horse. It was really helpful, and simplified my life! My horse holds weight...
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    I think it depends on the standard of living...

    I think it depends on the standard of living (both you and horse) to which you've become accustomed or want to live. I don't mind discussing costs, I don't quite know what everyone freaks out about...
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