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  1. horse-friendly wedding venues in Bay Area??

    I am looking for a wedding venue where I could have my two horses on site in a pasture during the ceremony and stabled for the night. I need recommendations of horse properties, barns, ranches,...
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    Thanks for the great ideas, and the side note on...

    Thanks for the great ideas, and the side note on racehorses and leads... That's fascinating!
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    Good suggestions! I will try working on those...

    Good suggestions! I will try working on those exercises-- thanks!

    Any reason why most horses are lefties (I could understand why TBs are!)?
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    getting right lead over the jump

    My mare is "left handed" and 90% of the time lands on the left lead after a jump. When it comes to bending lines and tight turns that require a change to the right lead, I have a hard time asking...
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    Yeah... If it's not broke, don't fix it! That's...

    Yeah... If it's not broke, don't fix it! That's kind of what I've been thinking all along, so I'm glad you both agree.

    Fourmares, thanks for the A&M insight. I didn't realize it was more of a...
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    Food advice/A&M (too much sugar?)

    I'm a relatively new horse owner and thus a relatively new horse feeder. My trainer recommended that I feed my 12 y.o. WB mare a warm mash of A&M + rice bran. She also gets Strongid supplements,...
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    Would the EquiFit boots be appropriate in the...

    Would the EquiFit boots be appropriate in the equitation ring? Or are they more of a jumper boot?

    Also... does anyone own/have an opinion on ThinLine open front schooling boots? They seem like a...
  8. I just realized that raspberry leaves aren't...

    I just realized that raspberry leaves aren't legal... I show a few times a year so it's probably not worth it to bother with them. I'm also starting to consider Quiessence... any experience with...
  9. high-maintenance mares - raspberry leaf? magnesium?

    My mare is a diva, and while we've got her mostly mellowed out with Regumate, she's been throwing temper tantrums in the arena and in the cross-ties lately. I won't get into the details here, but...
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    You could try checking USEF, horseshowtime.com,...

    You could try checking USEF, horseshowtime.com, or other horse show results websites (like HITS Tucson or Thermal) to see if he has shown recently, and then (if you find something) figure out what...
  11. Tip Top: Bay TB gelding - might be near LA w/Tina Frost?

    I used to lease a TB gelding named Tip Top (aka Topper or Lucky). He has a perfect white star, two hind socks, is about 16.1 and would be about 15 y.o. now. He is very special to me so I would love...
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    ...when my mare becomes a looney-tune ding-dong...

    ...when my mare becomes a looney-tune ding-dong head for a few days while her hormones rage out of control. :D
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    Please excuse my lack of reproductive science...

    Please excuse my lack of reproductive science knowledge, but is spaying "guaranteed" to eliminate (or dramatically reduce) crazy mare behavior? As someone who shells out $320/liter of Regumate every...
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    PROs: Regumate has improved my mare's temperment...

    PROs: Regumate has improved my mare's temperment dramatically. In her full-blown heat episodes she gets very herd-bound and will literally go crazy, spin in circles, whinny nonstop if she is left...
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    Pony names are always the cutest! Strawberry...

    Pony names are always the cutest! Strawberry Swirl, James Blond (palomino), Party Shoes, Pain't Mishbehavin' (paint)... I particularly love the names that involve dessert/food, but those are usually...
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    In Portola Valley (NorCal) I used to pay $1000...

    In Portola Valley (NorCal) I used to pay $1000 for board, and $850 for training. It killed me. I moved my horse 45 minutes south and now pay $450 for board and $650 for training (unlimited lessons...
  17. Thread: arm bands?

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    arm bands?

    What does it mean if a rider is wearing a red or white arm band over their show coat (up near the shoulder)? I noticed a handful of people-- adults and kids alike-- wearing them HITS Tucson and have...
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    Random zipper preservation tip: I was told by my...

    Random zipper preservation tip: I was told by my local cobbler that if you clean the zippers with 409 and rub them with the tip of a lead pencil (which acts as a lubricant) regularly, it will keep...
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    The lesson barns I grew up in all had a jump...

    The lesson barns I grew up in all had a jump limit of 2'3/2'6 for school horses (and these horses were not put into jump lessons more than 3x a week), which makes perfect sense to me and seems to be...
  20. Thread: HITS Tucson

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    HITS Tucson

    Was anyone at HITS Tucson this weekend? I'm headed down there next week and am curious as to how things are going so far. I'm a newbie to HITS and Tucson/Pima Fairgrounds and don't know what to...
  21. Thread: I'm in love!!

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    Yay!! I know the feeling. I rode for 17 years at...

    Yay!! I know the feeling. I rode for 17 years at a number of different barns and never realized what it felt like to have a wonderful trainer until I found my current barn. It's amazing how much...
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    tips for battling horse show nerves

    I love showing and usually end up enjoying myself no matter if I win big or walk away empty-handed, but after all these years I still get SO nervous and anticipate things going badly, usually weeks...
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  24. Couldn't agree more! One thing I particularly...

    Couldn't agree more! One thing I particularly enjoy about running is it lets me practice "finding a distance" and training my eye. I try to count how many strides I have before I hit a curb or...
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    Thanks for the great ideas, everyone!

    Thanks for the great ideas, everyone!
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