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    Sure, you can do a wedding cheaply. Have it in...

    Sure, you can do a wedding cheaply. Have it in your or a friend's backyard, make it potluck or just have prosecco or punch and cupcakes or cookies, have a friend get certified online to conduct the...
  2. Good point. The big drop with turn off of the...

    Good point. The big drop with turn off of the downhill approach made it a tough tough question, even though water-to-water is pretty much a given on most Preliminary courses these days (and I've...
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    Also, where you are in the country and who is...

    Also, where you are in the country and who is selling the horse will affect the price a lot. Plus, there's a lot of range in what you're asking for. For example:

    That horse, particularly if it's...
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    Separately, don't know if it is helpful or...

    Separately, don't know if it is helpful or harmful to note that the APHA recognizes eventing, giving out some really nice awards (they named our eventer their Horse of the Year a number of years ago...
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    This. I sometimes think the go-go-go attitude...

    This.

    I sometimes think the go-go-go attitude that drew many of us to eventing can work against us. It's honestly, really, truly ok if what makes you happy is to jump around a beautiful BN course...
  6. There's no "accepted" amount - a gift is lovely,...

    There's no "accepted" amount - a gift is lovely, but not obligated. Give what you are comfortable with. When you invite someone to your wedding, you're inviting them to take part in your celebration...
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    Just jumping on the bandwagon - I think it's a...

    Just jumping on the bandwagon - I think it's a great little event and quite welcoming, and the changes they made to SJ are really appreciated (before this, the SJ on the side of the hill was a bit...
  8. While a little further away, can't recommend Jon...

    While a little further away, can't recommend Jon and Jenn Holling in Ocala highly enough. Great program, terrific people. www.hollingeventing.com
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    Hi there. Our insurance providers (Hallmark,...

    Hi there.

    Our insurance providers (Hallmark, writing for National Equine) have been consistently very fair. They paid full mortality on one of ours - never even batted an eye and sent a lovely...
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    It's really hard to make friends when you aren't...

    It's really hard to make friends when you aren't spending time with them. Friendships evolve when you have a series of repeated interactions and activities - you get to know folks without pressure...
  11. I've had a set of the Nunn Finer American Style...

    I've had a set of the Nunn Finer American Style boots which are still going strong after something like ten years (more than 75 events, on various horses, including a long-format CCI*). I keep...
  12. Pickles! There are some really good pickle...

    Pickles! There are some really good pickle recipes out there, depending on whether you prefer dill or sweet or exotic (cardamom-yum!).
  13. There are plenty of other places to discuss...

    There are plenty of other places to discuss politics, and these just seem like continued rehashing of every possible variation on "we hate Obama" and "Obama = bad" with the same smallish group of...
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    Food on time and enough food - there's nothing...

    Food on time and enough food - there's nothing worse than when they run out only about halfway through the people in line. Food can be anything from burgers to low-country boil to fried chicken to...
  15. And here I thought "y'all" was a smaller plural...

    And here I thought "y'all" was a smaller plural of "all y'all" - as in, addressing a group: "Are all y'all coming with us to the party, or just y'all over here?"
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    Yes, often they can be quite sore after their...

    Yes, often they can be quite sore after their stifles are done. I've found it's often quite a bit longer than with doing their hocks. With the horse we did, he recovered great and ended up being a...
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    I have a Devoucoux for my medium high-withered TB...

    I have a Devoucoux for my medium high-withered TB and it fits him great, but I agree that I don't think it would work for one that has a bit more of a shark fin. I'm quite long knee to hip and have...
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    One that bowed at 2? Probably not. Too many...

    One that bowed at 2? Probably not. Too many youngsters without the jewelry, and I worry about how conformation contributed to the issue. One that has a minor bow later in their career after they've...
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    I lived in Chicago for four years (about ten...

    I lived in Chicago for four years (about ten years ago) and was able to bring a horse from BN/N up through Preliminary. I confess that I never found it as easy as folks in this thread seem to say it...
  20. What FlightCheck said. Loud is good. The...

    What FlightCheck said. Loud is good.

    The only other thing to add is that you'll usually be in charge of sending riders over to the start box. What I've done when I'm running warm-up is to tell...
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    One thought- my folks always made me stick with...

    One thought- my folks always made me stick with any activity for a year or 18 months before I could quit. In hindsight, they always said that it would've been a lot cheaper had they let me quit...
  22. My big horse gets pour-in pads every summer as he...

    My big horse gets pour-in pads every summer as he has always done much better on hard ground when he has them. They can be a little slick so I do tend to make sure he is drilled and tapped if he's...
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    From Fairfax, I'd think Middleburg or NoVA first,...

    From Fairfax, I'd think Middleburg or NoVA first, so Morningside, Allforit Farm, or possibly one of the smaller places closer to 66 or to Clifton. Depending on what she is looking for, often umber...
  24. Well, at least no one asked about a hairnet! ;) ...

    Well, at least no one asked about a hairnet! ;)

    I think the pony is adorable, and you guys look great together!
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    That's awesome. And I don't disagree in all...

    That's awesome. And I don't disagree in all circumstances...but I don't think someone who is still figuring out this stuff is necessarily going to go out and invest in property off the bat. ...
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