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    Can't get my heels down - is it hopeless?

    I can't get my heels down when I ride. For years, I have been yelled at because of it, but I feel that I must be missing something because I can't physically get them where they should be. I also...
  2. Moving with my dogs to a small apartment, help

    My two dogs live with me on a farm. Since things are going downhill with my SO, there is a good chance that the dogs and I will move to a much smaller place in the city soon.

    I am very worried...
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    And I regret not saying something yesterday, but...

    And I regret not saying something yesterday, but there is no way I would be brave enough to do that. He is a bully, very intimidating, and I am rather small and shy.
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    Thank you everyone. Yes the horse did make it....

    Thank you everyone. Yes the horse did make it. Sorry if I was not clear, but the trainer was trying to make the horse get up while he was yelling at the BM. The BM apparently came back and took the...
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    WWYD? Verbal abuse at the barn

    I have been at this barn for a while now. I try to be a great boarder: I always pay on time, clean up after my horse and mind my own business.

    The barn manager is a woman. She is nice and...
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    That's crazy. In my country, we are only allowed...

    That's crazy. In my country, we are only allowed to do ONE class per day for multiday shows (even for the lower height classes).
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    I am always motivated. But that's because I love...

    I am always motivated. But that's because I love my mare, she is a pleasure to ride and I am delighted to go to the barn even when it's cold and raining. Riding is the best part of my day and I look...
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    Don't worry, that video has been all over the web...

    Don't worry, that video has been all over the web in France and her name is known. She even defended herself on a French forum (it did not go well).

    She was taught at La Cense, where they used to...
  9. I have a coming two year-old who had septicemia...

    I have a coming two year-old who had septicemia as a foal. My understanding is that there should be no "flaring" again, but the vet told me that we will have to watch his hock closely in case he...
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    I moved my horses from a top show barn to a local...

    I moved my horses from a top show barn to a local farm. The care is great, but there is no covered arena, and the outdoor arena is small and useless when it has rained too much.

    But you know...
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    I rode in two different 2G, one brand new and...

    I rode in two different 2G, one brand new and another which was alreaky broken in. They are supposed to be very comfy, but I found them heavy and not particularly great to ride in.

    I like my...
  12. Barn manager for a friend: good idea or recipe for disaster?

    In the horse world, when things seems to good to be true, they usually are. Before I head towards disaster, I would truly appreciate it if some of you who have more experience could give me a warning...
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    Things are different now for Switzerland, it is...

    Things are different now for Switzerland, it is much easier to bring a horse in that it was a few years ago. Unless you try it in December, you will be allowed to import a horse (and if it's...
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    He is not desensitizing his horse! This is a...

    He is not desensitizing his horse!

    This is a funny video made by the French rider Michel Robert, who is a mega star over here. If you don't understand French, he is coaching the dog by using his...
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    Anyone can critique a reining horse?

    My boyfriend wants to get into reining (he rode English for a few years, but is starting over "western style").

    He loves this mare, but I don't know anything about reining or western riding, so I...
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    I have a mare like that, she is 8 year-old and...

    I have a mare like that, she is 8 year-old and will probably always be this way. But she is a little bit better than she was when I bought her a year ago.

    What helped: more turnout, less grain...
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    In the same situation, I would have been upset,...

    In the same situation, I would have been upset, and slightly angry at the trainer for making me feel like my horse deserves a better rider.

    I am in a show barn, and I have in the past let a...
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    I have friends who competed in the 1.25 class...

    I have friends who competed in the 1.25 class this morning. This is a class for local riders, not for the pro who ride in the bigger classes. Many of those horses are not used to a big arena like...
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    I think it is waaaay too much... but then in my...

    I think it is waaaay too much... but then in my country (I'm in Europe), we are only allowed to do two classes a day (yes, classes, not divisions), even if the jumps are very low.
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    My trainer will often ask his students to ride...

    My trainer will often ask his students to ride the horses in training when he does not have the time (or does not feel like it). Usually he will ask me and another girl to take the horses out for a...
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    Thank you everyone, yes my mare knows her job and...

    Thank you everyone, yes my mare knows her job and she is such a confidence-builder! Two years ago, I could not ride a 2'6" course to save my life, after months of bad falls on a dirty stopper. I was...
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    Our first time showing in the 1.15M jumpers

    A little brag, I am so proud of my mare!

    After a season showing up to 3'6", I entered a 1.10M and a 1.15M class last week. I was very nervous, some of the oxer looked so big when I walked the...
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    Riding both English and western?

    I would like to ride western on one of my mares, because she can't jump anymore, and it would be fun to discover something new together. I would like to learn the basics with a trainer on a school...
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    Around here (I live in Europe), a horse that...

    Around here (I live in Europe), a horse that shows in the 125/130 jumper would sell for $30'000 to 50'000, depending on how good he is.
    But since he is small and his show record is not great, I...
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    Is this mare above average?

    Please be brutally honest... I have to decide wheter to keep her or not. Keeping her involves jumping through a lot of hoops in the next 1-2 years, so I am wondering if it is worth it or not from a...
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