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  1. Just my .02 - A frequent problem of these...

    Just my .02 -

    A frequent problem of these types of barter situations is that BOs and BMs mistakenly believe that they do not need to carry Worker's Comp. In effect, you received wages in the form...
  2. FYI - Deep Run Hunt kennels are now in...

    FYI - Deep Run Hunt kennels are now in Cumberland.

    I am outside of Richmond as well. I moved here because it was the perfect intersection of horsiness and cost of living - Middleburg and NoVa were...
  3. Let's see - I have told parents that I...

    Let's see -

    I have told parents that I couldn't teach their kids because they weren't developmentally ready for lessons - poor listening, short attention span, poor body awareness or all three -...
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    last time I had one put down, 12 years ago, it...

    last time I had one put down, 12 years ago, it was $200. For the farm call and euth, and $175.00 for the backhoe, only because a dear friend allowed the animal to be hauled to and buried at her...
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    YMMV - along with both knees I have some lower...

    YMMV - along with both knees I have some lower back issues, and cannot use the recumbent bike, upright bike or the stair climber comfortably. The elliptical is the only piece of cardio equipment I...
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    I started off at the 10 - 15K range too, thinking...

    I started off at the 10 - 15K range too, thinking confirmed Training Level eventing, suitable for a competent amateur, but then I hit the NQR. And then I reread - does he have the USEA record or...
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    Charlottesville is pretty much horse heaven, lots...

    Charlottesville is pretty much horse heaven, lots of great options there, and the horse country to the west of Richmond is very, very good. Plenty of A shows in both areas, plenty of jumper...
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    I think a retirement/euthanasia clinic is a...

    I think a retirement/euthanasia clinic is a wonderful idea. I KNOW that there are horses suffering because the owners don't have the resources to euthanize and dispose of the body, and are hoping...
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    I struggled with the issue early in my...

    I struggled with the issue early in my professional career. I leased a small barn with lovely pasture for my own horses, and I ended up offering retirement board to few people locally. I could do a...
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    I am really sorry. Nice, rideable grade horses...

    I am really sorry. Nice, rideable grade horses are free to a good home lots of places - take a look at giveaways section of this forum. You might find a home for one as a companion animal if it's...
  11. I may ask him to wear his welding chaps in the...

    I may ask him to wear his welding chaps in the meantime. I understand that they are not as good protection as actual chainsaw chaps, but will undoubtedly be better than just jean clad legs.
  12. Thank you so much for posting this. DH is...

    Thank you so much for posting this. DH is experienced with a chain saw, uses safety equipment and is very careful, but he does not have chainsaw chaps. I think I know what I'm getting him for the...
  13. Added: You'll notice that there's no mention...

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    You'll notice that there's no mention of jumping in any of the foregoing. There's a reason for that. All of the above should happen before you start working on jumping cross country, and...
  14. I would also like to tactfully say that if most...

    I would also like to tactfully say that if most or all of you previous experience is in the arena, going out hunting, even on a good beginner friendly hunt horse, is a BIG step. When the hunt...
  15. I assumed the heavy breathing was from fear and...

    I assumed the heavy breathing was from fear and panic, which is to be expected when the horse falls.

    I didn't see anything that indicated lack of fitness. GFAG, I agree - the horse has an...
  16. I agree with Bluey. The horse travels long and...

    I agree with Bluey. The horse travels long and stretched out; not at all in the compressed frame we're used to seeing in jumpers at this level. And I suspect this course was at the upper limit of...
  17. I agree with Bluey. The horse travels long and...

    I agree with Bluey. The horse travels long and stretched out; not at all in the compressed frame we're used to seeing in jumpers at this level. And I suspect this course was at the upper limit of...
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    Two thoughts - first, that the quality of any...

    Two thoughts - first, that the quality of any volunteer organization is entirely dependent of the quality of its volunteers, and the quality of the volunteers is not consistent across the...
  19. He does look classier with that hairstyle.

    He does look classier with that hairstyle.
  20. This is the best I could do for a photo of hunter...

    This is the best I could do for a photo of hunter hair

    http://cdnll.doversaddlery.com/images/m/0003645.jpg

    ETA - link that woks
  21. Rohello, In re: the clothes defining the role...

    Rohello,

    In re: the clothes defining the role and sociology, I have an anecdote about that. Many, many years ago, I did freelance work at a bunch of different barns. One was a big commercial...
  22. Riding is a sport where attention to detail...

    Riding is a sport where attention to detail MATTERS. I don't know a single world class rider who isn't a stickler for detail and turnout. That's not causation but it is correlation. The attention...
  23. I think you're missing the point, or perhaps,...

    I think you're missing the point, or perhaps, taking the antagonistic direction the OP was hoping this thread would take.

    I don't care about your magenta Troxel and don't think it has anything to...
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    And honestly, you need someone with a...

    And honestly, you need someone with a knowledgable eye on the ground to watch the horse through the exercise and adjust the striding according to your goals and the way your horse is going that day. ...
  25. Re: the "dinner lady," here in the US, more...

    Re: the "dinner lady," here in the US, more commonly referred to as the lunch lady.

    I had a student in my barn who when she moved from short stirrup, where pigtails were acceptable, really had...
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