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    When I read the original post, here's what I...

    When I read the original post, here's what I thought of -
    "I'm really into eventing but my horse has had stifle problems. He's ok now and we're getting back to work, but I have the opportunity to...
  2. Your vet can answer your questions better because...

    Your vet can answer your questions better because they know your setup, but wasn't there an article recently about how horses eat most of their intake during the first few hours of turnout -- meaning...
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    The girl who leases my horse is bigger than I am...

    The girl who leases my horse is bigger than I am and is still learning to use her seat well in a dressage saddle. We have had the chiro out twice... I would see what you can do to address this now,...
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    There is an epidemic of this where I board. ...

    There is an epidemic of this where I board.

    Horse 1 did it when she was feeling territorial about the crossties in front of her stall - she'd kick the door or run her teeth across the bars to show...
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    Absolutely. We see it in therapeutic riding all...

    Absolutely. We see it in therapeutic riding all the time (no comment on myself and my friends who probably do the same thing at home!). If you fit the saddle with a rider who can get the horse to...
  6. I'm sorry about the dog you lost. :-( When I...

    I'm sorry about the dog you lost. :-( When I was in that position the first time, I got a cat to keep my surviving dog company. I don't know that she even noticed the cat, and then I ended up...
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    I imagined something totally different! we often...

    I imagined something totally different! we often use landscape timbers, and it's possible to stack two of them so the "ground pole" is double height - all of 6", give or take. If I horse is a...
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    My young guy did that when he was first under...

    My young guy did that when he was first under saddle and it was definitely related to stress/tension/insecurity/whatever. As he grew up and got more confident, it stopped on its own and I hadn't...
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    Walk your stadium course at the reset, even if...

    Walk your stadium course at the reset, even if you've walked it ten times already with friends in other divisions. I walked it with friends going novice and didn't walk again when they reset for BN;...
  10. Be sure any splint boots or wraps are clean and...

    Be sure any splint boots or wraps are clean and dry every time you use them. Also be a little careful of scrubbing too hard and creating little abrasions that set them up for more crud.
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    or, reply to the facebook posts of rescue dogs...

    or, reply to the facebook posts of rescue dogs with "not quite what I'm looking for, but hope he'll be just right for someone else." I would imagine her logic is that by sharing the post with you,...
  12. Keep a large bottle at home and bring a week's...

    Keep a large bottle at home and bring a week's worth to the barn at a time?
  13. It sounds to me like the actual drama is between...

    It sounds to me like the actual drama is between the two parties that ride the horse, and they're putting you in the middle. It also sounds like both parties need clarification about what they need...
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    I took time away from horses in college and in...

    I took time away from horses in college and in the years right after graduation, because I felt like I'd spent so much time doing horses and not doing other things that I was missing out on life. ...
  15. I have one who's a hiker - put on some sneakers,...

    I have one who's a hiker - put on some sneakers, he's ready to go anyplace as long as I'm on the ground. On his back he's a nervous wreck if we're out alone, better with a pal, not so great in...
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    Random thoughts: when I think skin/coat, I think...

    Random thoughts: when I think skin/coat, I think first about the overall health of the animal -- things you might not go to right away, like ulcers, Cushing's, immune related issues, allergies,...
  17. It depends on what kind of show/event/ride it is....

    It depends on what kind of show/event/ride it is. I don't know that I've ever hauled 2 hours to a dressage or hunter-type show but I might consider it, because there's usually plenty of standing...
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    I think it depends 100% on who your client is and...

    I think it depends 100% on who your client is and to some extent, why they cancelled and how soon they let you know. I've had people cancel vacations because of family health problems, and I...
  19. I think you need to teach her to dance with you!

    I think you need to teach her to dance with you!
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    I would ask yourself how often you really think...

    I would ask yourself how often you really think you'll be riding him... because the only part that concerns me in what you've described is the arena footing. Lack of shade/shelter for a horse...
  21. Hint, if you're motivated: take an old set of...

    Hint, if you're motivated: take an old set of standards that needs painting, and some old cups. Set them up so you have four or five poles on the standards (like the world's tallest vertical). Be...
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    Why not plan a road trip, maybe a couple weeks,...

    Why not plan a road trip, maybe a couple weeks, and arrange some lessons and face-to-face interview time with the barn(s?) in question. I'm not sure I'd even commit to a short-term working student...
  23. Agree with everything that's been said here, and...

    Agree with everything that's been said here, and want to emphasize -- visit, and visit often. If you SELL or donate the horse, then yes, you can step away like any other sale but if you lease and...
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    Make an excuse to stop at the coop and ask. ...

    Make an excuse to stop at the coop and ask. Genuine curiosity and willingness to listen will get you a (very, very!) thorough explanation most of the time!

    When I first moved to WI from MA I...
  25. I also travel in the right lane, and will often...

    I also travel in the right lane, and will often set my cruise control a couple mph below the speed limit so others will pass me, few are going much slower than I am, and I can just chug along on my...
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