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  1. I can't speak from personal experience, but I...

    I can't speak from personal experience, but I would certainly call Paradigm for information -- looks like a very impressive facility, dedicated exclusively to equine retirement-- located in...
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    Depending on where you live, I would also add...

    Depending on where you live, I would also add parts of the South to the list. Similar to the Midwest, it can be quite a hike to see horses in Mississippi, Alabama, etc., though there are plenty of...
  3. I wish they would show Thunder on TV more often. ...

    I wish they would show Thunder on TV more often.

    I went to Florida State, where we have a horse, Renegade, as our school symbol.

    I am amazed at how desensitized these horses are to the noise,...
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    I am glad Mukluk brought up the driveway; that...

    I am glad Mukluk brought up the driveway; that was my question.

    Also, if you do not fence the perimeter of your property, and choose rather to leave a little room between the pasture fence and...
  5. It's a little more nuanced, but I essentially cue...

    It's a little more nuanced, but I essentially cue a slight (or not-so-slight, if necessary) haunches-in for canter transitions and lead changes alike. In the transitions, some (dressage) horses want...
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    One white foot.

    One white foot.
  7. Definitely check with the hunt secretary before...

    Definitely check with the hunt secretary before you do anything drastic to your nice helmet. My bow points down, too, but our local hunt kindly assured me not to worry about it!

    I would...
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    I think this is a little easier than Misty. "My...

    I think this is a little easier than Misty. "My Pony" by Susan Jeffers is really sweet, easier but still age-appropriate, and the illustrations are just gorgeous. I loved Thelwells when I was that...
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    I'm not very motivated to leave the baby for anything lacking four hooves and a tail!

    Mr. Baby loves it when I get out the yoga mat. He cracks up copying "scissors/helicopter" and of course "happy baby" but before long climbs me like a jungle gym, gnaws on my mat, and steals my...
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    Your first round was quite good! I liked that...

    Your first round was quite good! I liked that pace a lot. The second round had some nice moments, but it looked like you both got a bit rattled with a little "oops" at the first fence and never...
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    Riding Lessons vs. Gym Membership

    I was kind of beating myself up this morning on my way to the barn. I am still pretty flabby from having Mr. Baby 11 months ago, and I miss my former fitness. "A gym membership," I told myself,...
  12. It doesn't have to be one or the other...

    I really don't see why you can't both take some classes and work with horses. Lots of people work full-time and take classes! Some of them probably even work with horses.

    There are so many...
  13. Color is certainly not a detractor, as long as...

    Color is certainly not a detractor, as long as the horse can jump/move.

    For example, I have certainly seen these faaaaaancy pinto warmbloods clean up:

    http://www.flyingcolorsfarm.com/
  14. I loved the British announcer! Equestrian sports...

    I loved the British announcer! Equestrian sports have a much better following with the general public in Britain; it's probably much easier to find a knowledgeable horse person AND announcer in one...
  15. I always see distances from 4 out. Not 5, not 3,...

    I always see distances from 4 out. Not 5, not 3, but 4. Poles, 3'6" oxers, and everything inbetween!

    The hardest thing is not seeing a distance, in which case I keep my leg softly supportive,...
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUsJpLejrf4&feature...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUsJpLejrf4&feature=related

    Maybe Greg Best can help you? ;)
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    It is tempting to bring the LO to the barn with...

    It is tempting to bring the LO to the barn with you, and if you just want bb to see the horses, maybe pet a trusted equine's shoulder, and go home, that would work. But I do not bring my LO to the...
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    LOL, baby mischief :) I have also just gone...

    LOL, baby mischief :)

    I have also just gone back to riding. My son is almost 10 mos. He stays with Daddy and/or Grandma and has a BLAST!

    I wish he were big enough for daycare, but most of...
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    I wouldn't necessarily say no... but I would...

    I wouldn't necessarily say no... but I would change the conversation a bit.

    "Suzy, wouldn't it be fun if we went on a trail ride/took a lesson together? Trainer said you could ride horsey!"
    ...
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    There was a nice little spread on her Gucci duds...

    There was a nice little spread on her Gucci duds in vogue a while back. There was a great photo where her ponytail and her stallions tail were bouncing in exactly the same way.
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    whats wrong with this picture?

    You bathe the horse, scrub his white sock, clean your tack, polish your boots, braid, opt for a hunt coat... All so you will look nice in pictures...
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  22. The thing about starting a business, ANY...

    The thing about starting a business, ANY business, is that you cant expect to turn a profit until your 4th year, and even then, especially in the horse business, don't expect the money to be anything...
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    http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/18/so-you-th...

    http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/18/so-you-think-you-can-be-a-morning-person/

    I am neither a lark nor an owl by nature. But extreme owls and extreme larks are really something to behold. My...
  24. These are great saddles, bench made in England. ...

    These are great saddles, bench made in England. My trainer has one, and its very comfortable!
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    I just had my first "colt" 10 weeks ago, and only...

    I just had my first "colt" 10 weeks ago, and only got back in the saddle this weekend. I found pregnancy and postpartum recovery very uncomfortable, especially "on top". I am still nursing, which...
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