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  1. I'm actually in that very difficult first to...

    I'm actually in that very difficult first to second level transition myself with my horse! And I am also very much a DIY rider - I hate having trainers on my horse, I want to be the one riding! But...
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    This is all complicated at first but once you get...

    This is all complicated at first but once you get the hang of it, it becomes more logical.

    The short version is that if you want to earn year end awards, you and your horse should both be...
  3. I would not recommend the "give it a try and see...

    I would not recommend the "give it a try and see how it goes" approach. If it is in fact illegal you'll throw away a whole bunch of money. The other issue is that you might get away with it...
  4. DR 121 is the rule about equipment. You will want...

    DR 121 is the rule about equipment. You will want to look this up yourself but I have copied the relevant section:

    A rein is a continuous, uninterrupted strap or line from the bridle bit to the...
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    OP - that's the reason - they are having separate...

    OP - that's the reason - they are having separate classes for AA and Open. So it wasn't riding twice in one class. It was riding the same test in two classes.

    That is legal. It is an odd thing...
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    As noted by many others - schooling shows are not...

    As noted by many others - schooling shows are not required to follow the same rules as a rated show.

    At a rated show you would not be able to ride the same test twice unless the judge issues a...
  7. Well I was just a demo rider in a New Test clinic...

    Well I was just a demo rider in a New Test clinic with a very famous judge. Her comments to me were very much that everything was on track and gave me a few specific things to work on while most of...
  8. Well I am going to completely disagree with the...

    Well I am going to completely disagree with the above post! I guess this is what happens when you ask for opinions - you get them!

    I would rather work with a very, very good teacher even if I...
  9. Have never ridden with her but saw her as a demo...

    Have never ridden with her but saw her as a demo rider in the USDF Symposium a couple of years ago. Amazing rider.
  10. I always cut those Velcro straps off but it...

    I always cut those Velcro straps off but it depends on the saddle you use. They are meant to go under the top flap around the billets, but I find that they almost never fit right so I just cut them...
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    I am petite and have small horses. I've had...

    I am petite and have small horses. I've had success with three saddles: Albion SLK Short Flap, Custom Icon, Dresch.

    The Dresch is the deepest and most expensive, the custom is in the middle, the...
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    A few thoughts: If you want to qualify for end...

    A few thoughts:

    If you want to qualify for end of year awards and regionals, you need to ride the highest test of the level a couple of times.

    There is no reason technically that you have to...
  13. The facility is for sale though I imagine there...

    The facility is for sale though I imagine there is a small market for a facility of this scale.

    Just like selling horses, sometimes they sell quickly, sometimes they take quite some time.

    I...
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    Gloves unless she is super particular. Tack...

    Gloves unless she is super particular.

    Tack soap, riding socks, horse cookies, human soap, hair nets (if she wears them), boot polish and boot cleaning stuff, a nice frame, a gift cert for...
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    I'm trying to imagine a rated judge telling any...

    I'm trying to imagine a rated judge telling any intro level pair they need collection and I just can't imagine that happening. Not saying it's impossible but guessing that the judge said connection...
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    I bought one of the horseware coats - picked up a...

    I bought one of the horseware coats - picked up a childs large for $80 at a sale. It's stretchable and washable but it doesn't hang as nicely as the old style wool ones (the softer fabric almost...
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    I believe it is actually illegal to give any...

    I believe it is actually illegal to give any substance that alters performance, so there is pretty much no such thing as a legal calming supplement.

    There are supplements that may not test, but...
  18. OP if your show is not until he spring and you...

    OP if your show is not until he spring and you are riding intro, I would not recommend working on the test pattern now.

    What you want to do is look at the figures and work on them, not the actual...
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    Just a side note - I have the BOT cooler, which...

    Just a side note - I have the BOT cooler, which I prefer over the pad.

    My reasoning is that I want to control (easily) how long it is on and I don't want the back over heated.

    So what I do is...
  20. People should ride in whatever works for them and...

    People should ride in whatever works for them and their horse.

    I've recently ridden in an Albion SLK (which is relatively flat), a custom icon flight and a Dresch (which has a very deep seat).
    ...
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    Excellent! Keep us posted :)

    Excellent! Keep us posted :)
  22. One thing to keep in mind - if your horse gets...

    One thing to keep in mind - if your horse gets very tense intro might not be your best bet. If you can canter confidently, you might do better at training 1.

    The thing is, the intro tests are...
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    I am sure that's why the horse was only $15k....

    I am sure that's why the horse was only $15k. Here is CA a horse of that quality would generally be priced a bit higher. Not saying that was a fei quality horse but $15k is quite a low price for a...
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    He's a nice enough horse for the price (found the...

    He's a nice enough horse for the price (found the ad), scored quite well on that test. Would be a bit concerned that they are already schooling changes on a 4 yr old (according to the ad).

    I...
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    OP, tell us about your previous riding...

    OP, tell us about your previous riding experience. Are you a new rider or new to dressage?

    If a new rider, you probably do not want to get a horse with this much training. I know that sounds odd,...
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