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  1. Many/most here in the Lexington area are prebuilt...

    Many/most here in the Lexington area are prebuilt by pros, trucked in & set. We've bought 3 and love them - highly recommended if you get a knowledgeable pro. But obviously they'll be more...
  2. Concur with the ISH recommendation. 3/4 TB on...

    Concur with the ISH recommendation. 3/4 TB on IDH are frequently ideal eventers. You've got several recommendations here, but be aware that they're hard to find in the US. Also be careful not to...
  3. Yep, I do it all the time. But only under...

    Yep, I do it all the time. But only under supervision (when I'm home) and only for relatively short periods of time. It's hell on the shrubs and the grass.
  4. Hope everyone recognizes the subtle beauty of...

    Hope everyone recognizes the subtle beauty of eventing in LAZ's post. Even tho we compete, we're also a family. Lee Ann just gave everyone on the board a pretty darn complete listing of her local...
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    Good discussion! Use what works for you, not...

    Good discussion! Use what works for you, not what someone else does. 25+ years ago I went to several weekend clinics when John Lyons was just becoming national. What I learned was invaluable - but...
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    While they're babies, they're not very trainable....

    While they're babies, they're not very trainable. They do need habituation, but you can teach them in 2 minutes at 3 years old what it takes weeks at 6 months. And then you have the schizophrenic...
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    Thanks, Lee Anne. Has all the snow mellowed you?...

    Thanks, Lee Anne. Has all the snow mellowed you? (JK)

    One caution - the market is hotter than mexican enchiladas right now and has been for 6-12 months. We sold 3 last month.
  8. Every horse/rider combination is different, so...

    Every horse/rider combination is different, so you'll have to decide the proper activities/rate. But here's what I'd suggest, adapt to your needs - everyone has their own style:
    1. I've...
  9. We don't look at just stud fee, our cost/value...

    We don't look at just stud fee, our cost/value analysis is total cost (for the foal, not just the fees) versus potential value of the foal. Frequently the equation says "buy a 3 year old."

    How...
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    You're quoting some big names in your list. ...

    You're quoting some big names in your list. Those folks aren't going to deal in a horse less than 10K no matter what the record. Most pros even without a big name won't either, especially if you...
  11. Historically, Jump Start has been the classic...

    Historically, Jump Start has been the classic moveup late in the season.
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    Traction actually is better without shoes, except...

    Traction actually is better without shoes, except for studs. The only reason we put shoes on lower level horses is wear and tear on the feet when you're putting a lot of miles on them.

    And IMO the...
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    Our 2011 crop is the best we've ever bred (4 of...

    Our 2011 crop is the best we've ever bred (4 of them). As with all our guys, they're running around being horses and enjoying the mud. Their only interaction with us is feeding, whatever movement...
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    Please understand I am not complaining, I am...

    Please understand I am not complaining, I am describing the facts of life in a business. We're able to take lots of horses BECAUSE we can do so economically. When the economics deteriorate, it...
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    Web site or no web site, the $50 annual parking...

    Web site or no web site, the $50 annual parking fee and the $30/horse fee are real. We're a mile or two away and usually take 10-20 horses as a group with 5-10 vehicles. That's on the order of $500...
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    FYI, just ran across this contact you might find...

    FYI, just ran across this contact you might find useful:

    Sue King

    Three Day Eventing Instructor

    The University of Findlay

    Findlay ,Ohio 45840
  17. I like Wapuzzan, generally on a little blood on...

    I like Wapuzzan, generally on a little blood on the mare's side which your mare appears to have. He's probably homozygous, so I'd rather see him on a solid mare (you could end up with a few spot)...
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    We live in equine Mecca and breed 2-4 mares a...

    We live in equine Mecca and breed 2-4 mares a year by fresh cooled and/or frozen from the best stallions in the world. Our vet is world class in addition to being a neighbor (lives a mile away) and...
  19. You should be concerned about bearings in this...

    You should be concerned about bearings in this scenario as well; the grease tends to extrude to the top of the bearing due to pressure. I recommend moving the trailer (for tires, bearings, brakes,...
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    I've got a little Sony video camera (can get you...

    I've got a little Sony video camera (can get you the # if you wish) with 200x zoom (70x optical), big internal hard drive (also takes SD cards), rechargeable battery only. Easily zooms from one side...
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    We've always been TB people, but have tried WB's...

    We've always been TB people, but have tried WB's for the past 4 years to improve dressage potential. While this is an individual decision (both horse and rider, separately), we've concluded the...
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    One of the top 2 judges in the sport, IMO, and...

    One of the top 2 judges in the sport, IMO, and his breadth/depth of knowledge was/is tremendously impressive. I hope he remains active as an organizer, USEF/USEA committee/advisor, and mentor to the...
  23. To some extent it depends on what you're vetting...

    To some extent it depends on what you're vetting for. If your objective is "suitable for the intended purpose" (recommended), I would not vet first but a "pre-vet" is often a good consideration if...
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    RAYers - please do not misquote me. The only...

    RAYers - please do not misquote me. The only failures we have had are OUR ERRORs in assembly. As engineers, we should both understand that can happen and IS NOT the fault of the manufacturers.
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    Great event, great venue, Mary does a great job...

    Great event, great venue, Mary does a great job and her support crew are very experienced (always a plus). We're VERY lucky to have this facility in Area VIII. The only drawback is that you'll be...
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