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  1. Taylored Tack does a ton of custom work and could...

    Taylored Tack does a ton of custom work and could probably make exactly what you need. They have a bunch of bitless options, including a sidepull bridle with bit hangers. They could probably modify...
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    Absolutely, I get sick much less often and much...

    Absolutely, I get sick much less often and much less severely than most of my friends. And it goes double for kids growing up around horses/on farms! My friend's neighbor says her kids used to get...
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    Yes, that makes it harder, building up from...

    Yes, that makes it harder, building up from nothing. But you said you got up to 18 miles about 6 weeks ago, right? So he's probably still got some of that fitness -- I wouldn't consider that you're...
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    My two short rides per week were arena work for...

    My two short rides per week were arena work for about 30 minutes each (all I had time for after cleaning the spring mud off Mr. Pigpen). We spent lots of time on stretching, long and low, and lateral...
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    Depends on the breed and individual horse, but...

    Depends on the breed and individual horse, but some of them can maintain fitness on very little conditioning.

    When I had to move my Arab an hour away from my house, I was worried about only being...
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    My Arab has a wicked lateral scoot and, being an...

    My Arab has a wicked lateral scoot and, being an Arab, super-fast reaction times. He can do it at any gait and in any position (including head down and grazing). The trick that works for me is to sit...
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    Freedom 45 spot-on treatment every two weeks...

    Freedom 45 spot-on treatment every two weeks keeps the ticks off my guy. If I forget to renew every 2 weeks, all of a sudden he's covered in ticks. I put it on, no more ticks. I tried Equispot...
  8. PSA: Pica in cats. RIP my mom's rescue kitty...

    My mom rescued a kitten from a litter that was dumpster diving at her school, and she's had him for a few years. She noticed he was chewing on an old overstuffed armchair in the upstairs study, so...
  9. I have the newer Thorowgood endurance saddle with...

    I have the newer Thorowgood endurance saddle with the changeable gullet, and it works great on my high-withered Arab. He started at one plate, and I was able to easily change it out for the next...
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    You may also be bouncing because you're...

    You may also be bouncing because you're tightening up your lower back, which is making your entire core rigid. The visualization that makes sense for me is to think about my hips as moving...
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    I had a hisser who sat behind me for a few years....

    I had a hisser who sat behind me for a few years. She had her headphones on and would sing under her breath. You couldn't really hear the singing, except for the letter S. So it basically sounded...
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    When I was in pony club ages ago, we had a clinic...

    When I was in pony club ages ago, we had a clinic on learning to fall safely -- it was based on gymnastics. IIRC, we started with tumbling on the ground onto thick mats, then progressed to gradually...
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    I just finished reading Cat Sense...

    I just finished reading Cat Sense by John Bradshaw, and he had some good suggestions in one of the last chapters about integrating new cats.

    His protocol: confine the new cat in an area of the...
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    Sounds like you're on the right track then! Maybe...

    Sounds like you're on the right track then! Maybe if you can find something that he really enjoys and that engages his brain, you will be able to make progress with the dressage as well.

    FWIW,...
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    This might not be too far off the mark. I didn't...

    This might not be too far off the mark. I didn't start making significant progress with my Arab in the arena until we started doing endurance, and then it was like a switch flipped in his head. Once...
  16. I would recommend a sport comfort bike -- it's...

    I would recommend a sport comfort bike -- it's basically a mountain bike but with upright geometry and a wide, comfy seat. So you get lots of gears, the suspension fork and seatpost, better quality...
  17. I've taken 2 trips with Hondoo River and Trails...

    I've taken 2 trips with Hondoo River and Trails in south-central Utah, both camping/riding trips in Capitol Reef National Park (classic Southwest painted-rock type scenery). We had a mix of riders...
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    Arm and Hammer Double Duty -- even my slightly...

    Arm and Hammer Double Duty -- even my slightly OCD and germophobic SO doesn't mind cleaning the litter box with it. It has no odor, even with 2 cats who pee a lot, and it clumps really well. We...
  19. Your mare sounds plenty fit to do a 25. If she...

    Your mare sounds plenty fit to do a 25. If she doesn't have trail experience, you'll want to start getting her out there to get used to it, and definitely make sure she is comfortable riding in a...
  20. I use Opti-Free Pure Moist rewetting drops....

    I use Opti-Free Pure Moist rewetting drops. They're for contacts and designed to be put directly in your eyes with your contacts in. I've tried a bunch of different brands of eyedrops for contact...
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    Said to me yesterday: "I really should buy the...

    Said to me yesterday: "I really should buy the smaller cartons of milk because I can't drink the bigger ones before they go bad, but no one makes organic milk in small cartons." (she bought the...
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    If you don't ride with a heart rate monitor, can...

    If you don't ride with a heart rate monitor, can you perhaps borrow one and see what his heart rates are at a trot vs slow canter?

    Some horses prefer to trot, like mine, but others prefer a slow...
  23. You can also download podcasts through itunes --...

    You can also download podcasts through itunes -- pretty much all NPR shows are available as podcasts, and lots of other educational stuff too.
  24. hahaha Cat Tube. I can totally do that with my...

    hahaha Cat Tube. I can totally do that with my LongCat, he's basically a dog in a cat's body and lets me do anything to him. He weighs 14 pounds and is thin at that weight. There's so much of him, I...
  25. Long cat pics! ...

    Long cat pics!

    https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/t1/1395195_10201783875453797_2076465157_n.jpg
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