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  1. I got talked into buying some stiffer boots -...

    I got talked into buying some stiffer boots - hated them. It is a personal preference, the theory is keeping the leg long and quiet, but you can do that in a soft boot too. I always figured it was...
  2. Hahaha, I just realized you are in NorCal too -...

    Hahaha, I just realized you are in NorCal too - FREAKING HOT! Has been over 100 the past few days, and they are getting Winter fuzzies, so the hot is even worse. I am so ready for Winter!

    I...
  3. I don't braid them, but do brush them and make...

    I don't braid them, but do brush them and make sure they look OK. I keep my mares and foals out, so I'd start by showing them in their natural environment. Show how easy he is to halter, lead him a...
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    I just want to point out - if you do use...

    I just want to point out - if you do use electric, you may need to wait a week or so for baby to go out on it. Young babies do not understand to back away from pain - they only go forward into it. ...
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    Judges will reward "more" as long as it is well...

    Judges will reward "more" as long as it is well done. Remember the transitions before and after. If your horse can maintain a good medium, and can come back balanced, go for the medium.
  6. You may find that tight hamstrings and piriformis...

    You may find that tight hamstrings and piriformis all tie into tight hip flexors, so you should probably work on the whole "series" (ask me how I know, hahaha). There are a ton of things you can do...
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    For a big name clinician who does interact w/ the...

    For a big name clinician who does interact w/ the auditors, AND with lunch, I don't think that is too bad. I've paid $50 to $150 to audit a single day - some were worth it, some weren't.
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    I have been riding in a Constanze for about a...

    I have been riding in a Constanze for about a year and a half now. Went through saddle fitting hell finding a saddle that would fit my short backed horse with my own long femur. My horse went SO...
  9. Work on core strength and hip flexibility. As...

    Work on core strength and hip flexibility. As already mentioned, pilates, yoga, something off the horse. And I recently discovered exercise balls which also helps.

    I think people assume you...
  10. Also agree w/ Donella - at least $10k to import,...

    Also agree w/ Donella - at least $10k to import, probably closer to $13k if you are importing to the West Coast. And with an unhandled horse, they are going to have to tranq the heck out of it for...
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    I've been through the Equine-Repro course twice. ...

    I've been through the Equine-Repro course twice. The only other one I know of in my area is through the University (UC Davis) - it is much more expensive.
  12. I went through this a few years ago - and tried...

    I went through this a few years ago - and tried all the orals (including Ventipulmin which is liquid gold!), and finally went to an inhaler. We did the hay soaking, had him on supplements. Inhaler...
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    REALLY? Do you know HOW many people have ordered...

    REALLY? Do you know HOW many people have ordered Mundials? Do they all deserve to lose their money because they didn't order Konigs or Der Daus? That is really not fair. Mundial has been selling...
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    Just have to say, I had a Friesian w/ an...

    Just have to say, I had a Friesian w/ an outstanding canter. I ran into some ocassional judging bias, unfortunately. But I even had an Olympic level judge give him 8s on his canter work and tell...
  15. OMG, no kidding - they look like oil dereks - it...

    OMG, no kidding - they look like oil dereks - it is amazing the neck can hold up the head, isn't it! There really is a reason it is hard to sell yearlings and 2 year olds. They can be SO fugly,...
  16. Wait until they are 2 or 3 - the neck can change...

    Wait until they are 2 or 3 - the neck can change quite a bit for the first few years.
  17. Awww, I love color. Having said that, I've been...

    Awww, I love color. Having said that, I've been riding since I was pre-teen, and my first horse with ANY markings beyond a tiny star or very short anklets was bought in my 40s! And I wasn't looking...
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    Yea, around here, especially with a multi-ring...

    Yea, around here, especially with a multi-ring show, the order will be all jumbled up. Trying to ensure that a rider on multiple horses at multiple levels has at least an hour between horses, trying...
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    Originally - what do you mean by that? ...

    Originally - what do you mean by that? Originally bred for carrying knights into battle but that was centuries ago. Then the breed almost disappeared - used extensively for cross breeding in more...
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    Do a search on Mundial - there are a lot of...

    Do a search on Mundial - there are a lot of similar stories. I know a few people who have gotten boots that just didn't fit - at all. Unfortunately, Mundial seems to have a few quality control...
  21. Sorry, but that is just wrong. If you have ever...

    Sorry, but that is just wrong. If you have ever been involved with teaching or READ anything about how people learn, you will realize it is hard-wired into the brain. Some people learn by watching,...
  22. I have audited a ton of clinics with many...

    I have audited a ton of clinics with many big-name trainers (Steffan Peters, Debbie McDonald, Leslie Morse, Juan Matute, Heather Blitz, Mary Wanless, Walter Zettl, Hilda Gurney to name a few well...
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    First real break was to finish college and start...

    First real break was to finish college and start a professional career. When I reached a point of comfort in my career, I started riding again. Then about 15 years later, took a break because my...
  24. Reviving an old thread... I was at a judges...

    Reviving an old thread... I was at a judges training a few years ago (I am an L grad, not a judge) and the teacher (an S judge and a DSHB judge) said the same thing about a horse as it went around...
  25. I have made comments on people going too deep...

    I have made comments on people going too deep into corners - usually because the horse is not ready for it and loses balance and forward energy. Some people try to ride a corner like a real angle -...
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