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  1. First, this is *not* necessarily an OTTB thing....

    First, this is *not* necessarily an OTTB thing. Lots of green horses are more confident when there's someone at their head in new situations. Simple herd behavior.

    Second, two outings is just...
  2. Calf size goes up as foot size goes up, but you...

    Calf size goes up as foot size goes up, but you still have to be within the measurements (or darn close) to keep from busting your zippers (and in the particular case of the Volants, the stitching...
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    From your first picture, it looks the saddle has...

    From your first picture, it looks the saddle has slipped back. This can lower the pommel enough to unbalance you. Seeing your horse's back conformation only strengthens my suspicion. It's hard to...
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    Both Grand Prix and Pikeur make shads in lovely...

    Both Grand Prix and Pikeur make shads in lovely tech fabrics in your price range.
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    Truly, it's not about the brand. It's about what...

    Truly, it's not about the brand. It's about what fits you, and supports/enhances your position without forcing it... and what fits your horse, allowing optimum movement.

    Quality is quality, so if...
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    A big, turn-key property on one of the trail...

    A big, turn-key property on one of the trail systems in the Tryon area *is* pricey, no doubt about it. But the trade-off in weather between the Foothills and Aiken is pretty huge. Summers are longer...
  7. I have a Rottweiler, so I don't worry too much...

    I have a Rottweiler, so I don't worry too much about who comes up the drive or knocks on the door.

    But I can easily see choosing to knock on a back door vs a front door if the back door looks...
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    No. 1: 26, after dating five months. Stayed...

    No. 1: 26, after dating five months. Stayed together 7 years.

    No. 2: 36, after dating three years. Stayed together 10 years.

    No. 3: 49, after dating four years. Finally married my best friend...
  9. ANOTHER vote for heavy, square rails. PVC is not...

    ANOTHER vote for heavy, square rails. PVC is not your friend.
  10. Don't use OneStep (or any other saddle cleaner or...

    Don't use OneStep (or any other saddle cleaner or conditioner) on your boots. Too gunky. Use Urad or another dedicated shoe/boot polish. Follow directions on label. :yes:
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    My favorite of the Hawaiian islands... beautiful,...

    My favorite of the Hawaiian islands... beautiful, friendly, easy to get around (only 65 miles or so of highway in the whole place, and all of that along the coast), varied terrain. My favorite place...
  12. The Rambo XL line is designed with more room in...

    The Rambo XL line is designed with more room in the shoulders and hips, a longer drop and a larger neck opening. :yes:
  13. Jingles for Bear and calm, peaceful thoughts for...

    Jingles for Bear and calm, peaceful thoughts for you.
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    What about buying the place you're renting and...

    What about buying the place you're renting and putting an addition on the house?
  15. It sounds like you'll be doing an "open"...

    It sounds like you'll be doing an "open" schooling show, which usually includes a variety of disciplines. This can be a fun, low-key way to get started showing.

    As long as your tack and attire...
  16. The plate should have included two very small...

    The plate should have included two very small nails. Simply place the plate where you want it and use a hammer to set the nails.
  17. I suggest simply turning her out each day,...

    I suggest simply turning her out each day, preferably with plenty of room to move around. No riding, no longing.

    If it's possible, I would let her LIVE out. Movement is good for all kinds of...
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  19. Bobby's English Tack

    Bobby's English Tack
  20. My dealbreakers: Shared drive... Keyhole property...

    My dealbreakers: Shared drive... Keyhole property (your property sits behind another with access to road being a long drive)... Poor drainage... Difficult layout for barn/pasture convenience... Icky...
  21. Thanks for the additional history and video. ...

    Thanks for the additional history and video.

    I agree with SmartAlex in that shorter work periods at more frequent intervals are useful for building strength and obedience, and also make a horse...
  22. Good for Dover for attending to your issue, and...

    Good for Dover for attending to your issue, and good for you for coming back to update your positive results.
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    It's traditional for the snaffle rein to be...

    It's traditional for the snaffle rein to be laced, and the curb rein to be thinner, and smooth. That's what I prefer, too.
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    If my math is correct, you're now in your 70th...

    If my math is correct, you're now in your 70th decade? I want to be you when I grow up. :yes:

    I'm 50 and happy, but now I'm jealous, LOL.
  25. Thanks for coming back to update. I'm glad you're...

    Thanks for coming back to update. I'm glad you're on the right path to finding a horse you can enjoy and feel confident on. An easy walk once a week is fine for a horse that has the right temperament...
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