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  1. My latest blog post (which isn't up anyway)...

    My latest blog post (which isn't up anyway) doesn't require a subscription, but I also had an article in COTH talking about my experiences showing on the A circuit as a do-it-yourselfer. Or really,...
  2. The vast majority of the time, I would say it is...

    The vast majority of the time, I would say it is the rider's error. Or if not THAT rider, some rider's error in the past has taught the horse either to be afraid or that it's easier not to...
  3. Albertabound, I've always been told that a double...

    Albertabound, I've always been told that a double whorl is a sign of intelligence :) Who knows how true it is, but Nikki is definitely smarter than I am!
  4. I'm going to give it a shot. We'll do a 1.30m...

    I'm going to give it a shot. We'll do a 1.30m early in the week, and the welcome stake if it's not on Thursday between 10:40 and 2:45 (I teach then), and if those go well, we'll give the GP a go.
    ...
  5. Those bits seem awfully large for a 16hh TB. My...

    Those bits seem awfully large for a 16hh TB. My TB is a smidge smaller than that, with a very classic head, and she wears a 5" bit.

    I've never been told that you need a larger waterford than any...
  6. Vet. I'm not a big believer in "horse is doing...

    Vet.

    I'm not a big believer in "horse is doing x new bad behavior because he's willful and a naughty boy!" There's usually a physical reason (or a training reason).

    If there isn't a physical...
  7. My mom has the TredStep Donatellos and LOVES...

    My mom has the TredStep Donatellos and LOVES them. She uses them every day and rides a couple horses, plus mucking, grooming, etc. I think the only issue she's had is she needed to replace the...
  8. I agree with you agreeing with me :lol:. Elbow...

    I agree with you agreeing with me :lol:. Elbow grease doesn't cost a thing, but a lot of people seem to make excuses for not putting it in.

    I also don't care if someone is wearing half chaps or...
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    Okay, so is there going to be a massive...

    Okay, so is there going to be a massive letter-writing campaign to Mclain from the COTHers who feel that if you use a converter, you can't ride with 2 reins properly?

    :lol:

    For hunters and eq,...
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    I don't feel that they are acceptable. Have...

    I don't feel that they are acceptable.

    Have you tried using braided reins? I find I get a much better grip with those than with laced reins (plus they're more attractive!).
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    trubandloki, I had a lot of similar conversations...

    trubandloki, I had a lot of similar conversations to that when I would describe where I grew up (in Westchester, about an hour train ride from Manhattan).

    "Oh, so you're from upstate."
    No... I'm...
  12. Wow. That was snippy. I found your optimum...

    Wow. That was snippy.

    I found your optimum time comments really interesting - I'm one of the people who is constantly saying that there should be optimum time classes at the lower levels, so it...
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    It was crunchy. But I don't know what kind of...

    It was crunchy. But I don't know what kind of bug it was.

    They taste like fried potatoes to me. Or like chicken. Kind of nutty chicken.
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    I've eaten a number of bugs before - deliberately...

    I've eaten a number of bugs before - deliberately - and once you get past the shock factor, they're actually pretty good. I've had crickets and something fairly large in Madagascar :lol:
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    This happens to me sometimes when I'm doing the...

    This happens to me sometimes when I'm doing the big classes. I put my stirrups so short and jam my heels down so hard that I cut off the circulation sometimes. I try to ride with longer stirrups,...
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    When I was in Madagascar, my study abroad group...

    When I was in Madagascar, my study abroad group encountered a bunch of tourists. They complained to us about how they had to hike in the mountains to see the lemurs (yes, Mad. is really mountainous,...
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    I would not mess with it without talking to a rep...

    I would not mess with it without talking to a rep first. You might really mess it up/ruin it by doing that, and the 2G/2GS saddles are awfully expensive to make an "oops" like that.
  18. By the way, OP, I totally feel your pain with...

    By the way, OP, I totally feel your pain with losing time in the air.

    We have an overjumping problem.

    What ended up working for me to save time and still be competitive was getting more...
  19. One of the marks of a good rider is that s/he can...

    One of the marks of a good rider is that s/he can make just about any horse look easy.

    I was showing in Iowa for the past 2 weeks, and I saw several riders who clearly thought they looked better...
  20. ^Big difference. Controlled galloping (a la GP...

    ^Big difference. Controlled galloping (a la GP jump-off) is completely different than the yahoos being discussed here. Going for it is not the same thing as being out of control - and that's the...
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    It's a business, not a charity. "Lost talent"...

    It's a business, not a charity. "Lost talent" still needs to be developed. Developing talent takes a big investment, not just of money, but of time as well, on the part of the trainer and the...
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    Anyone else see this thread potentially devolving...

    Anyone else see this thread potentially devolving into another one bashing hunter riders? Someone not trying to start a war doesn't generally look at pictures of the top riders in a discipline and...
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    I use Kiwi polish and either melt it before I...

    I use Kiwi polish and either melt it before I apply it or I use the quick shine stuff.

    Then I put a sock over a brush and buff the bejesus out of it. Repeat with the brush sans sock.

    My boots...
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    Due to the 12 hour rule? You can still inject...

    Due to the 12 hour rule?

    You can still inject with stuff 12+ hours prior to competing and it's not nefarious. Adequan, for example.
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    I'm glad when I see them - it makes me feel like...

    I'm glad when I see them - it makes me feel like the $7 per show (or whatever it is) is actually getting used for something productive.

    I've had horses tested several times, and the vet and tech...
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