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  1. You're never too old to play with them. :D

    You're never too old to play with them. :D
  2. (For the record, I also ride in a Thinline pad.)...

    (For the record, I also ride in a Thinline pad.)

    On a horse with high withers, the angle of the withers is already less than 90 degrees. Your pad is already between the panels and narrowing the...
  3. I don't understand at all why you would think...

    I don't understand at all why you would think that. The excess of the pad is going into empty space. There's no way it adds any thickness around or over the withers to pull it up.

    What it *might*...
  4. I think it would be hard to beat Courtney...

    I think it would be hard to beat Courtney King-Dye's accident as having a very very clear sea change in attitudes and rules about the use of helmets in dressage.
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    Another reason people in the west don't tend to...

    Another reason people in the west don't tend to keep their horses on the trailer is that a lot more of them are slant loads, so you can only access the last horse loaded.
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    I want to repeat my point that people are often...

    I want to repeat my point that people are often very fixated on the risk while riding. There is a risk on the ground as well and with other things people customarily do. So for example, that young...
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    General advice is that you will be fine through...

    General advice is that you will be fine through about 18 weeks or until you're uncomfortable. Until then, the developing baby is well protected.

    The blood thinner changes the equation. That is...
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    There are just so many things we cannot control...

    There are just so many things we cannot control in our lives. Even if you bring a friend to hold the horse/be with the horse, what happens if one of you are hurt and needs medical attention?
    ...
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    I did try to keep my horse my freshman year in...

    I did try to keep my horse my freshman year in college. Like the OP, he was an hour away.

    The horse was shortchanged because I couldn't ride enough. He was ridden by lots of other people in a way...
  10. It's all good for the business to set themselves...

    It's all good for the business to set themselves up to make money, but it's equally all good for the consumer to make an advantageous decision among the various price points offered.

    Things that...
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    I grew up with the horses tied to the trailer all...

    I grew up with the horses tied to the trailer all day at the hunter/jumper shows in California. As a grownup with my own trailer I've experimented with leaving the horse on the trailer and tying, and...
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    The time that you are in college is a time when...

    The time that you are in college is a time when you have opportunities that are available at no other time. You are not obligated to any other humans. People don't mind if you make mistakes or try...
  13. The price seems high for two rides a week. I...

    The price seems high for two rides a week. I honestly would consider it to be way out of line compared to just paying to ride in lessons twice a week. If those were my price sheet choices, I'd stick...
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    Retrained OTTB are just nice riding horses. They...

    Retrained OTTB are just nice riding horses. They don't necessarily need to be rescued or saved nor are they necessarily more difficult.

    Rather than pigeonhole yourself into the idea of OTTB or...
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    No particular reason you couldn't use trees for...

    No particular reason you couldn't use trees for all kinds of different fences, but honestly you're probably better off for both your fence and your trees not doing so.

    You might look at the...
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    In general, if what you want is heat, using the...

    In general, if what you want is heat, using the sun to directly make something warm is going to be much more efficient than using the sun to create electricity to charge a chemical battery to in turn...
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    There are several here in the North...

    There are several here in the North Bay/Napa/Sonoma area.
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    Another book that I still remember and read over...

    Another book that I still remember and read over and over is A Horse for XYZ by Louise Moeri. It's not dressagey at all - it involves a desperate trail ride to escape pursuit by the bad guys - but I...
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    Pegasus by Robin McKinley is also terrific and...

    Pegasus by Robin McKinley is also terrific and appropriate for a 16 year old. It is fantasy and very neat... I gave it to my 13 year old.
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    This is by Barbara Morgenroth and it's excellent,...

    This is by Barbara Morgenroth and it's excellent, as are all the books of hers I've read. One of my all time favorites.

    Kim Ablon Whitney has a new book called Blue Ribbons that is also very good,...
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    When you are an adult riding a pony and there is...

    When you are an adult riding a pony and there is any issue with your size being large (those of you 5'2" and 100 lbs etc are excluded!), you have to be more thoughtful of how you ride and the work...
  22. Where I have boarded, the barn owner did not...

    Where I have boarded, the barn owner did not allow boarders to take barn-purchased hay with them for shows. The reason almost always came back to past abuse - people took more hay than they were...
  23. Your farm-killed rooster almost certainly has a...

    Your farm-killed rooster almost certainly has a better life, and a better death, than anything you bought shrink-wrapped.

    I can understand going the extra mile for an especially nice rooster -...
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    The big thing that I come across in terms of tack...

    The big thing that I come across in terms of tack and apparel is that usually the local shop only carries a narrow range of brands. Like for example, they have only a couple kinds of Troxel helmets...
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    I also need to remember to look up orders of go...

    I also need to remember to look up orders of go and have that up while watching.
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