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  1. This is just me, so take it FWIW - I worked...

    This is just me, so take it FWIW -

    I worked with multiple TBs off the track that had been taught to lean and invert, and struggled to work with them kindly and correctly to get them to relax over...
  2. Short answer: no. But I don't know your...

    Short answer: no.

    But I don't know your budget, your competitive goals or what else is available near you.

    Reschooling a horse that resists contact as a dressage horse is a long term project...
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    You are definitely hanging out with the wrong...

    You are definitely hanging out with the wrong horse people.

    However, ambitious horse newbies with money to spend tend to attract exactly the wrong kind of horse people.

    Ask yourself if you dove...
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    Expanding on my earlier post, here's how the...

    Expanding on my earlier post, here's how the process and math works most of the time.

    This is not a child's first pony, or a pony for a kid coming off a leased schoolie or known packer or a pony...
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    Agree with the previous posters. I can't imagine...

    Agree with the previous posters. I can't imagine paying 15k for something with no USEF record and less than a rock solid change.

    8 - 10 is more realistic, and even then, your market is small. ...
  6. Go back further, go to the 78 World Championships...

    Go back further, go to the 78 World Championships in Lexington, when Bruce Davidson's horse collapsed after cross country and had to be given IV fluids.

    Led to changes in the format of the second...
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    The handy can also include stuff like opening a...

    The handy can also include stuff like opening a hand gate or dropping a rail on a fence while mounted. Almost certainly a trot fence and a hand gallop and "hold hard"!

    Go, it'll be fun!
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    Another voice to the chorus. I love my birds, we...

    Another voice to the chorus. I love my birds, we started with 6 and currently have 32, plus ducks. The free range during the day, and are shut up in the chicken mansion at night. The are funny,...
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    There is almost always something identifying in...

    There is almost always something identifying in trash, usually junk mail. Go thru a couple of bags, find it and then either call the perpetrators and give them a deadline to pick up their crap...
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    Unbelievable, and so sad.

    Unbelievable, and so sad.
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    Link to previous thread on this subject - ...

    Link to previous thread on this subject -

    http://www.chronofhorse.com/forum/showthread.php?408700-Do-you-ride-in-quot-no-tresspassing-quot-areas/page6
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    Classic cold backed horse. The groom should have...

    Classic cold backed horse. The groom should have cowered, the jockey clearly understood better than he did that the horse couldn't tolerate being mounted from a standstill. Great jockey to do that...
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    I like Ambitious Kate's idea the best.

    I like Ambitious Kate's idea the best.
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    I stumbled across this thread on break at work...

    I stumbled across this thread on break at work today and have been seething and waiting to write a response.

    I don't want to call out anyone by name, but if you've ever ridden on open land where...
  15. Just FYI, Good body clippers are between $230 -...

    Just FYI, Good body clippers are between $230 - $300, blades run $40 - 50 a set and you can get 3, maybe 4 full good quality clips out of them.

    You need to get clippers serviced once per year. ...
  16. Add me to the list of people who are grateful for...

    Add me to the list of people who are grateful for the video.

    Both my horses get the symmetrical dry (actually not dry, but lighter, as I know now!) spots behind the withers. They get smaller and...
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    You will have to search for a used copy, but Jory...

    You will have to search for a used copy, but Jory and the Buckskin Jumper by Priscilla Willis is another good one that I really enjoyed.
  18. Amen, sista!

    Amen, sista!
  19. It may be more pleasant (though I might argue...

    It may be more pleasant (though I might argue with that) but it requires an entirely different level of skill. You are very lucky that you have employees who are willing to clip on a straight time.
  20. I would make a separate contract for the body...

    I would make a separate contract for the body clipping, and have him be off the clock for clipping.

    If you normally pay $100 - $150 for a show quality body clip from an outside contractor, you can...
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    OH, wow. I remember her on ponies, and of course...

    OH, wow. I remember her on ponies, and of course on Rox Dene.

    She is at least 10 years younger than I am, so that is super duper scary.

    Lots of jingles!
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    I think you have this backwards. Trust is built...

    I think you have this backwards. Trust is built first from a solid foundation of obedience and basic skills, and then raising difficulty or adding experiences in small increments that challenge the...
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    I would not be taking this horse back out on the...

    I would not be taking this horse back out on the trail again until I had down some foundation work in a ring, and then a paddock or pasture. In rereading your posts, I see you usually ride in a ring...
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    Second the Rides Like and Indian and the Little...

    Second the Rides Like and Indian and the Little Britches series. Loved them when I was a kid. There is also A Horse Called Mystery by Marjorie Reynolds with a boy protagonist.
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    Going out on a long ride in a large group is a...

    Going out on a long ride in a large group is a rough transition to trail riding. Trail riding safely and well requires a specific set of skills, built on a foundation, just like any other...
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