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    Overall, synthetics are pretty hard to dye. ...

    Overall, synthetics are pretty hard to dye. Skito or other endurance pad maker is likely to work pretty hard to fill your needs - they are mostly small individual or family-run businesses.
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    You should check out the Green Beans page on FB -...

    You should check out the Green Beans page on FB - this is the national one -specifically for newbies and their mentors, as well as those starting green horses out in the sport:
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  3. Parko was my favorite from the sale too. I...

    Parko was my favorite from the sale too. I spotted him when he came out under saddle and worked quietly and freely on the little jogging track by the sales area. I took quite a few pictures. ...
  4. Exactly. And for you to have confidence in your...

    Exactly. And for you to have confidence in your horse.

    Haven't there been days when all of us have coveted one of those rock-solid police horses instead of the jittery joe we are riding? ;)
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    Having a sensible companion is the easiest way to...

    Having a sensible companion is the easiest way to help a young horse take in new things. But sometimes that just isn't possible. Here is one more idea.

    Will he graze when you take him out in a...
  6. Even with your stirrup extender, my advice is to...

    Even with your stirrup extender, my advice is to be strategic in using terrain or objects -- even a road rut of a few inches reduces the torque on your saddle and your horse's back.

    I can get on...
  7. Papers are always good for any horse to have,...

    Papers are always good for any horse to have, even those, like geldings, which are outside the breeding pool.

    They aren't necessary for endurance competition, but as horses and their connections...
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    There is so much good advice here on this thread...

    There is so much good advice here on this thread that I want to archive it!

    It seems like going super-slow and methodically with this mare is going to be your best bet, especially if you want to...
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    Sounds like everyone has covered the angles, but...

    Sounds like everyone has covered the angles, but one comment from retrofit - "lacking interaction with other horses" - struck a chord with me.

    If she doesn't have an outlet for her natural social...
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    It doesn't sound totally unreasonable, and you...

    It doesn't sound totally unreasonable, and you have stated most of the potential issues, but there are couple of factors I would consider:

    How emotional is your horse? If being in company makes...
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    Having a drill that you go through with scary...

    Having a drill that you go through with scary situations helps both you and the horse cope. Don't think too specifically about it what the scary thing is - though walking over strange surfaces...
  12. A stall with gravel paddock attacked has been the...

    A stall with gravel paddock attacked has been the best solution for my TB with touchy feet here in the rain country. His thin sole issues were aggravated by a club foot - a farrier with a better...
  13. At least scoping will give you an answer - and...

    At least scoping will give you an answer - and the confidence to proceed with training. Its hard when you are second-guessing everything you are doing!

    It might be worth watching the Retired...
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    Lots of good advice here,.. One thing that...

    Lots of good advice here,.. One thing that hasn't been mentioned is that you are starting out with a particularly big hurdle - riding away from your barn - which is leaving the herd and home at the...
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    If you have effective communication with your...

    If you have effective communication with your horse and the gear is safe (i.e., not likely to break or come suddenly unattached - I have ridden in a rope halter with the leadrope tied back to the...
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    I saw Jan Worthington cantering out of the vet...

    I saw Jan Worthington cantering out of the vet check at the WEG in Kentucky, and thought, "That is who I want to be!"

    I met someone at Tevis last year (crewing, like myself) who had started...
  17. Be prepared to bribe them! Sometimes just asking...

    Be prepared to bribe them! Sometimes just asking someone that you meet on the trail for a favor is enough. Let your horse follow them down the road as they go sloooowly. Have them stop and hand...
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    Now the surgery is done the real fun begins... ...

    Now the surgery is done the real fun begins...

    I laughed as you listed your purchases. I ended up becoming an in-stall trick trainer during my horse's stall rest five years ago. He learned to...
  19. Agree with Bogie's comment, that while the...

    Agree with Bogie's comment, that while the coating might improve the grippiness, it could have adverse effects too.

    That might depend on your riding pace. At the walk, it probably wouldn't...
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    Jas and Patrick are back in Colorado. Patrick at...

    Jas and Patrick are back in Colorado. Patrick at least will get to rest for a while, though he was feeling good, Jas reported from the road. There are pictures on Facebook here:
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    Perhaps because they were not bred by a...

    Perhaps because they were not bred by a government organization for most of their 5,000 year history, but developed as a tribal horse, ridden to war but kept at home, the horses we now know as Akhal...
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    There's an organization in England for older...

    There's an organization in England for older horses that has a show series specifically for them. Any horse over 15 is considered a "veteran" - but many are considerably older:
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    I was driving through Laramie WY last month and...

    I was driving through Laramie WY last month and had a flashback to going to a three-day event there. I think we drove by the exact same place - right along the train tracks. It looked like they...
  24. I'd like to write a story someday about Marion...

    I'd like to write a story someday about Marion duPont Somerville Scott -- the little girl who built a racecourse on her front lawn when she grew up. I don't know if she would be a heroine in today's...
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    I have an OTTB who is like this - more in show...

    I have an OTTB who is like this - more in show situations than on the trails, but I know what you mean by "Up" and why it is so un-fun. I don't know whether it is competitiveness or anxiety -...
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