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    Hmm. I guess it's still education if you are...

    Hmm. I guess it's still education if you are educating people how to show.

    I didn't make it to the forum this year because we started up a big HopeFoal Program. A number of my friends went and...
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    I have also heard local trainers also say the...

    I have also heard local trainers also say the worst ones they have worked with were those without any training until they were 3 or 4.

    Well, yeah. If the trainers get them untrained at 4, then...
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    Although the USDF seems to promote education, the...

    Although the USDF seems to promote education, the reality is competition. Everything is geared to those who show: awards, instructor certification, judge's training. Three of their four clinic series...
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    I think it's invalid to compare the training and...

    I think it's invalid to compare the training and development of racehorses, barrel horses, reiners, and show ring QH's to the development of dressage horses. Almost all of those horses will be done...
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    I am surprised that he is a stallion prospect...

    I am surprised that he is a stallion prospect because he is very cowhocked. As we know from most Arabs, this often gives the horse a super floaty looking trot.

    He's nice, quite extravagant. But...
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    My 2.5 year old wears a saddle and a bridle; he...

    My 2.5 year old wears a saddle and a bridle; he wears a blanket and he handles clippers. I've laid over him once. He longes, he roundpens, he ponies off a horse, and he even line drives. I don't...
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    Oh, thank goodness. That was what I was worried...

    Oh, thank goodness. That was what I was worried about. The last young student I had who complained of chronic pain in the shoulders was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis.

    Be happy it's...
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    Cantering backward is not unnatural and is one...

    Cantering backward is not unnatural and is one of the most diabolical fighting moves I have seen horses do at liberty. Actually, they were both ponies, Lady and Dylan, which really says it all.
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    It's important to tell your parents and see a...

    It's important to tell your parents and see a doctor to get a diagnosis. There's just too much it could be, but, as a rule, no, dressage should not make your shoulder hurt. We older folk have a...
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    Sometimes girthy horses get that way because of...

    Sometimes girthy horses get that way because of girthER. Not to say that is the case here, but it bears mentioning since we're on the topic.

    When I see a horse start to pin his ears or get...
  11. I would eat a whole raspberry tree if I thought...

    I would eat a whole raspberry tree if I thought it would help my "marishness." Does it work on humans?
  12. I'm got so stuck on how pretty the pony's head is...

    I'm got so stuck on how pretty the pony's head is that I didn't much care too much about the hind end.

    What I do see from around 106 on is that the pony's diagonal pairs are not quite even. The...
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    I tend to break things into smaller pieces to...

    I tend to break things into smaller pieces to help the horse understand. It isn't necessarily about the gate at the most fundamental of levels, but about the horse's avoidance of the aids. The gate...
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    Conditioning is indeed a whole nother ball of...

    Conditioning is indeed a whole nother ball of wax. Certainly, horses with fast twitch muscles need a far different conditioning program than those with slow twitch muscles.

    Yes, Ambrey, you are...
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    Precisely! I would not try to convince people to...

    Precisely! I would not try to convince people to use or to not use bandages. My point is that there are dangers on both sides, and random wrapping can have its dangers too. So, personally, I err on...
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    Bandaging or booting for riding will not prevent...

    Bandaging or booting for riding will not prevent any except the most minor of nicks. I have seen polo ponies slice right through the bandages and sever a tendon. On the other side of the equation, I...
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    Here is something I learned in karate and it's...

    Here is something I learned in karate and it's stood me in good stead. In the very beginning, some people wore cumbersome pads when sparring. Our coach pulled those off immediately. He said, "if it...
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    Prevention is everything. If you have to resort...

    Prevention is everything. If you have to resort to correction, it's too late.

    Spend more time figuring out what escalates the behavior. You may well be over-aiding and that doesn't help. Since...
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    I think those are all perfectly good reasons not to do the lessoning thing. It is just a different journey, and there is very much to be be learned from riding alone. In fact, it's the only way for...
  20. I'm pretty kinesthetic so videos don't help me as...

    I'm pretty kinesthetic so videos don't help me as much as they might others. I do audit clinics, but only with clinicians who share the same philosophies. I only clinic with the very best. At this...
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    I think they may have some issues with acceptance...

    I think they may have some issues with acceptance of the bridle.

    http://www.kathyjohnsondressage.com/zebrafullsize.jpg

    http://www.foresthillfarms.com/articles/wings_hoofs_5.jpg

    If you're...
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    If you can canter at all, start at training...

    If you can canter at all, start at training level, at a schooling show. Getting the dressage show ring mileage is a whole different learning curve than taking lessons.

    The horse is adorable, a...
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    More than a few mules and donkeys....

    More than a few mules and donkeys....
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    LOL. I think Joe the Camel is going to need to...

    LOL. I think Joe the Camel is going to need to apply for a disability dispensation, tail or no tail. I do not think one can piaffe in pace. No, I take it back, I saw a horse once who was having...
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    I thought "Joe the Camel" had been banned from...

    I thought "Joe the Camel" had been banned from any venue with children present.

    The guy without the shirt was pretty intriguing, but doesn't hold a handle to Erik Martonovich
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