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    bareback riding is great for developing balance...

    bareback riding is great for developing balance and grip but not so great for improving position. You sit the trot better bareback because you do not have the stirrups to brace against. One tends to...
  2. If it were a very small, total beginner type...

    If it were a very small, total beginner type classes and not a huge amount of classes, perhaps I would allow more than 3 but if it looks like it is never going to happen, maybe have someone lower the...
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    I don't think it can get anymore random than the...

    I don't think it can get anymore random than the testers just picking someone for their own reasons. Also the testers and the testing vet have no idea what the results will be-their job is to test...
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    Generally speaking, the testers are vet students...

    Generally speaking, the testers are vet students or volunteers of some kind and many have no idea who is who at the particular discipline/show. I have been tested multiple times at more than one show...
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    I tried to limit my crew to two lessons a day at...

    I tried to limit my crew to two lessons a day at most. 5 days a week.On rare occasions one or two may have had a third lesson in a day
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    The Judge is Back by Randy Roy is a good one for...

    The Judge is Back by Randy Roy is a good one for understanding hunter judging. Anne Kursinskis' book is very good as well. Jimmy Wofford has a good one about gymnastics. Dick Francis and Rita Mae...
  7. who the heck cares if they are "in", kids and...

    who the heck cares if they are "in", kids and adults still love them!
  8. Superior mover can overcome minor bobbles and if...

    Superior mover can overcome minor bobbles and if the judge didn't see it, it didn't happen. Transitions are watched and abrupt or very late ones and of course poor ones, can bring you down. Sour...
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    OP, that is not student from hell! Annoying in...

    OP, that is not student from hell! Annoying in some respects, yes, but there are far worse!
    At my barn, I am god and I expect a certain level of behavior from each to my students which includes...
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    As an Arabian working hunter owner I was very...

    As an Arabian working hunter owner I was very pleased that the beautiful and talented Half Arabian, Marley, was the pre green champion of I believe week 5.He is a lovely horse no matter what the...
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    Head her into dressage-non competitive and lots...

    Head her into dressage-non competitive and lots of exercises she can do
  12. Clip or use the furminator!

    Clip or use the furminator!
  13. Your opinions on this trend of showring wear

    This bothers me as a traditionalist and not sure if I am just behind the times
    . Riders wearing a jacket with a shirt and no collar and the shirt front folded down over the lapels of the jacket....
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    Horse's left side is his left side no matter what...

    Horse's left side is his left side no matter what way he is facing! :-) I have seen the occasional horse at big hunter shows with the mane braided on the left but sure isn't the norm. If you lose a...
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    Poll: Just started using a chiro last year, due to a...

    Just started using a chiro last year, due to a horse with obvious back issues. One of the first things he told me (I go to a chiro myself, often!) is that animals adjust much quicker than humans and...
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    I can understand for shows having "show clothes"...

    I can understand for shows having "show clothes" for the horses but at home, not so! In this economy it is nice just to have boarders and pushing their already stressed budget to buy matching home...
  17. When I had a lesson program with school horses I...

    When I had a lesson program with school horses I made sure the horse was in the barn always. I do not like kids out in pastures unless they are after their own horse or are very experienced. That way...
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    Whatever you would normally wear for a day...

    Whatever you would normally wear for a day outside around horses, There is no dress code for watching!
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    Under qualified but showing talent and...

    Under qualified but showing talent and willingness to learn is not a bad thing and you can develop them into your own program easier
  20. when we read those books as kids, most of us had...

    when we read those books as kids, most of us had little or no idea of the real world and just loved horses and so wanted to be the characters in the books! I did always have more connection in the...
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    Trainers need to put their ego aside and help the...

    Trainers need to put their ego aside and help the clients that are needing that help! We all want all of our students to make us look brilliant but sometimes it isn't going to happen. You should have...
  22. Really enjoyed this and so many nice horses and a...

    Really enjoyed this and so many nice horses and a lovely course. I tried to "judge" as they went, trying to see what kept the score lower than Ovations and was able to pick a few things that weren't...
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    EZ pass is cheaper then paying each toll and I...

    EZ pass is cheaper then paying each toll and I have used it with my trailer for years
  24. Nit picking at position faults; straightness;...

    Nit picking at position faults; straightness; lots of dressage, especially developing and improving the lateral work; gymnastics
  25. I was looking for barn help and always like word...

    I was looking for barn help and always like word of mouth best but that wasn't going well this time around and I was going to have to put an ad out when I got an email and resume. I hired this girl...
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