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    And, I would agree with harrisburg, too- I've...

    And, I would agree with harrisburg, too- I've worked in many, many barns and all of them have had show horses. Sometimes a horse or several is pulled out early in the morning before normal feeding...
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    I get that, mps, but (to clarify) at this place...

    I get that, mps, but (to clarify) at this place we weren't anywhere near the main barn, not once- we went down to the field, which is behind the several other fields AND a whole other barn (empty),...
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    My current one is a small place run by a good...

    My current one is a small place run by a good friend of mine and there aren't any hours. However, it is small (about 12 horses), we are all friends, and no one there would be out in the middle of the...
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    I did go down a size, actually- but it sort of...

    I did go down a size, actually- but it sort of depends on your billets, I have found. I got a 46 and it is fitting fine on the bottom two holes of the billets on either side, using my County. In my...
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    I like mine, but it is very wide. I use a County...

    I like mine, but it is very wide. I use a County anatomical girth on my big, narrow TB, and I use the Total Fit one on my wide little WB. I don't think I would choose it for the TB, although he has...
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    I absolutely agree- 10-15 minutes cold hosing, or...

    I absolutely agree- 10-15 minutes cold hosing, or with ice wraps on and then turnout is what I like best. However, my horses are in half the time and out half the time. If it is winter they are in at...
  7. Yes- look at the top jumpers in the world and you...

    Yes- look at the top jumpers in the world and you will see quite a lot of TB blood close up in many of them, and farther away in some- but they all have a good bit of blood somewhere. It is really,...
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    I have found that if I count eight or so strides...

    I have found that if I count eight or so strides out, focusing on not changing my rhythm, AND I breathe a stride or two out that things slow down nicely. If you are counting properly it is harder for...
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    Well, it depends on the liniment and the horse. I...

    Well, it depends on the liniment and the horse. I never put liniment on under a wrap without rubbing it in, but I use diluted liniment, or my arnica rub, which won't blister. I've been wrapping...
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    You can probably do a search for this, but...

    You can probably do a search for this, but insomnia has me so I'll help you out.

    First, wrapping well takes practice, so ask someone to show you, for sure. Bad wraps can lead to injuries if they...
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    It really depends on the trainers, and the...

    It really depends on the trainers, and the situation you are in (if you keep your horses at home or at a barn run by a trainer, etc.). I've been with trainers who have a whole program and want you to...
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    I have a couple of Countys, which I really like,...

    I have a couple of Countys, which I really like, and a Total Saddle Fit that I bought in desperation when I switched to a saddle with longer billets and I couldn't find a used County to fit my young...
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    Not to highjack, but are there requirements for...

    Not to highjack, but are there requirements for IHSA coaches, and how hard is it for them to be fired? I ask because one of our local teams just lost their coach and in desperation hired another one...
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    I like my OneK but the harness sits on the edge...

    I like my OneK but the harness sits on the edge of my chin. Obviously it depends on individual head shapes and such- I found it to be really annoying until the harness softened a bit. It is still...
  15. Yeah, my friend was asking me if her green TB...

    Yeah, my friend was asking me if her green TB mare will have a neck like my WB when she is more trained and I said that it will probably never get to that extent of stallion neck because his is...
  16. Also: Pipkin, your horse is lovely!

    Also: Pipkin, your horse is lovely!
  17. I agree with beowulf. Weird stuff can and will...

    I agree with beowulf. Weird stuff can and will happen with horses!

    I have jumped in draw reins before, many times, fully aware of the risks. It is sometimes a very useful tool, so it's worth it...
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    My last TB chewed up everything soft and rubber...

    My last TB chewed up everything soft and rubber or plastic but his rubber mullen mouth, which he loved, but leaned on. Eventually we settled on the loosering French link with a copper mouth for him,...
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    That is not unusual for a TB- neither the...

    That is not unusual for a TB- neither the quietness nor the soft mouth! My older guy goes in a HS Duo- it's basically a nathe, a nothing bit, and he LOVES it.

    It is worth a try- everything else he...
  20. Actually, now I know what you are talking about....

    Actually, now I know what you are talking about. It does look sort of bizarre! My horse has a 100% naturally big stallion-ish neck, and it doesn't have that weird extra ridge across the top.
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    You sound like you're pretty savvy already, but...

    You sound like you're pretty savvy already, but here are a few more things to consider.

    When I was a junior I groomed for my barn at the shows I didn't compete in, which helped quite a bit with...
  22. It's breeding, correct work to build the topline,...

    It's breeding, correct work to build the topline, and so on. My jumper looks a lot like Alme, who isn't even very close in his pedigree- great great grandsire, actually....
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    Well, RugBug, I don't think most people set out...

    Well, RugBug, I don't think most people set out to be annoying, nor does this seem like anything new to me in the history of humanity! If the client feels like they need those updates then the other...
  24. It depends- if you want to do big deal eventing...

    It depends- if you want to do big deal eventing it is quite expensive (entry fees, two saddles, two bridles, and two sets of show clothes), but jumpers at the big shows are definitely still more...
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    Well, some people are annoying, but part of being...

    Well, some people are annoying, but part of being a BO/BM/trainer is developing people skills. If a horse owner is concerned about something the person she is paying to take care of her horse needs...
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