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  1. And I am forever grateful to all the BO/BM's who...

    And I am forever grateful to all the BO/BM's who have simply done their job in an outstanding fashion, every day after day after day. Feeding quality vittles on time, procuring (including loading &...
  2. I was grateful twice, many years apart and...

    I was grateful twice, many years apart and different barns, for the BM/BO's who noticed right away that my horse was colicking and called the vet first, me second. And stayed with him until help...
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    :D :D :D :D Yet another example that the...

    :D :D :D :D


    Yet another example that the animal hasn't got a clue why we humans are doing this ... :lol:

    I'll bet $$$ that someone picking the bride up out of the sand was saying "but he's...
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    You need to take action to protect your $2k, as...

    You need to take action to protect your $2k, as best you can, immediately. Forget about chasing the saddle and chase your $2k instead, with vigor and determination. With luck you'll get the saddle...
  5. OP, please do not be too discouraged by the harsh...

    OP, please do not be too discouraged by the harsh tone of SOME of the criticism. Ignore the mean remarks - you know that is part of asking a question on the internet. Please do read those that have...
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    Once upon a time no one would make such a foolish...

    Once upon a time no one would make such a foolish mistake with "out of". But I also see it and hear it often now.

    Possibly fewer people have ever been close to an actual birth, human or animal?...
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    Be yourself. :) No need to worry what others...

    Be yourself. :)

    No need to worry what others are thinking, because other people are not thinking about you. They are thinking about themselves. :yes:

    The coolest people know that it is not what...
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    IMO ... Animals don't have the sense of time...

    IMO ...

    Animals don't have the sense of time we do, and have no value on length of life. What they experience is quality of life.

    Personally I don't place value on waiting until the horse is...
  9. The greater Dallas area is enormous. Let us know...

    The greater Dallas area is enormous. Let us know the town/city/area where you will actually be living to make a recommendation in that area.

    The semi-rural and rural areas around Dallas have many,...
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    Loved the beautiful and moving poem! I am so...

    Loved the beautiful and moving poem!

    I am so sorry for your loss, OP. Kudos for you for giving your guy a quick ticket out and avoiding longer suffering.

    However rough it appeared, I wouldn't...
  11. Replying a second time a day later, because had...

    Replying a second time a day later, because had another thought. I was in your situation after college to a certain extent. I had an hour's one-way drive to the barn and uncertain work hours - and I...
  12. Holy moly, either you're me, or I'm you. Same...

    Holy moly, either you're me, or I'm you. Same thing on both of these. Ditto 100% the jumps, even leaving a specified space between jump & rail, and leaving one end of the ring jump-less. Still the...
  13. That's the way I was taught to dismount in my...

    That's the way I was taught to dismount in my early riding program, decades ago. Was told it was to avoid any chance of having a foot slip through the stirrup. It can sting the feet especially in...
  14. OP, I read between the lines ... perhaps you are...

    OP, I read between the lines ... perhaps you are feeling very deeply you would rather be a horse pro - maybe a rider or a BO/BM - than continue your current career? You find far more inspiration in...
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    The most unprofessional trainer remark I can...

    The most unprofessional trainer remark I can think of was directed to a trainer's audience of students while they were railbirding at a local h/j show. A young teenager who was not her student was...
  16. Be chatty and tell everyone about his cancer -...

    Be chatty and tell everyone about his cancer - and finish by saying with a happy flourish "but here he is, alive and well and competing". They will tell everyone else. I'll bet he has his own fan...
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    I am so sorry you are in this situation - it...

    I am so sorry you are in this situation - it sucks, after all your careful plans to do what's best for your horse(s). It is hard not to feel like it is an overreaction, and/or will be perceived as...
  18. Perfectly said. :lol: Maybe he was thinking...

    Perfectly said. :lol:

    Maybe he was thinking "hey I thought this would be hard - this is all you want?" :winkgrin:

    Your faith in this horse, infinite patience and love are a wonderful story to...
  19. If there is any silver lining ... the kid was...

    If there is any silver lining ... the kid was exposed to a better standard of horse care, through you. And a more sensible approach to everything she was doing. That can have a way of sticking, for...
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    The OP has a written contract saying she has 75%...

    The OP has a written contract saying she has 75% ownership. She decides. The 25% share does not overrule her decision.

    Only in the horse world can this situation go upside down to the point where...
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    Everyone has made great comments, won't repeat...

    Everyone has made great comments, won't repeat those. Instead, I'll some questions about the "real world" aspects, as it were. Do some research with people who have been involved with both farms, and...
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    You have done so much for this horse - you have...

    You have done so much for this horse - you have been there for him day after day. Nothing to feel guilty about. Very big hugs.

    If this can only end one way, I would say please don't wait until he...
  23. I would say this ... make reasons other than the...

    I would say this ... make reasons other than the friends the primary reasons for the move. The friends are a great side benefit.

    It's too much pressure on a friendship to be in the position of...
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    Time to find a new board barn. IMO :)

    Time to find a new board barn.

    IMO :)
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    Imagine the Original Post read differently ... ...

    Imagine the Original Post read differently ...

    " ... but I only own 25% of the horse and I pay no expenses for it so what can I do ... "

    What would everyone be advising? The advice would be...
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