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    It really isn't worth it to keep a boarder like...

    It really isn't worth it to keep a boarder like this. I used to try to figure out situations like this but it really isn't worth the energy. As a business owner, I'd 1)apologize for any...
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    French Fry, I wonder if there is any room for...

    French Fry, I wonder if there is any room for negotiation on the hours, perhaps on a "by permission" basis a few days a week given that it sounds like you are pretty close on timing and just need...
  3. I agree with others, it's really tough to find...

    I agree with others, it's really tough to find someone to work for just one hour a day. It isn't just the commute--you gotta get up, get dressed in barn clothes and barn boots, maybe even bundle up...
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    Oh, no, I agree, it definitely can happen. It's...

    Oh, no, I agree, it definitely can happen. It's just that I would be very skeptical of such a horse's future as a riding horse because it either must be a very serious problem to cause so much pain...
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    Many horses react to discomfort and outright pain...

    Many horses react to discomfort and outright pain from things like sore backs and sore hocks with a surprisingly tolerant manner. Some get cranky, don't want to be tacked up, don't want to work,...
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    It's a tough situation, and all I can say is I...

    It's a tough situation, and all I can say is I probably wouldn't keep a horse like this either. You could spend a lot more money trying to figure out what was wrong with this horse and still not come...
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    I agree that it would be inappropriate to ask for...

    I agree that it would be inappropriate to ask for a reduction in board in this type of scenario. I also find it hard to believe that a horse on pasture board in October in most areas would require...
  8. Metal tags. There are a lot of great places to...

    Metal tags. There are a lot of great places to order them from. They come in all sizes--bigger tags for blankets, smaller tags for bridles, etc. Metal tags are essential for blankets where any type...
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    I used to own an ancient, sway-backed, one-eyed...

    I used to own an ancient, sway-backed, one-eyed pony. He was probably 30 or so. Any kid could ride him. Funny, he was the ugliest thing ever, but the kids could never stop oohing and aahing about how...
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    Well, depending on the health/soundness of the...

    Well, depending on the health/soundness of the animal and the aspirations of your 10yo, I certainly would consider a 20 year old--or possibly even older. IME, if a horse has made it to 20 and is...
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    I agree that what happened was not acceptable,...

    I agree that what happened was not acceptable, but you also share some blame--it's not realistic to expect that a large barn can send off 40 blankets with many similar/identical ones in the bunch and...
  12. Yes, exactly. Dividing a pasture and resting part...

    Yes, exactly. Dividing a pasture and resting part of it at a time is a great way to protect your horses' pasture forage supply, along with soil tests, appropriate response to the soil tests, and...
  13. It makes no sense to do that. Horses have their...

    It makes no sense to do that. Horses have their grazing areas and their bathroom areas. By spreading their manure all over the field you are reducing their grazing areas, or simply spreading parasite...
  14. Chachie, I always consider it a gift when crazy...

    Chachie, I always consider it a gift when crazy people announce their mental problems and respect/boundary issues up front! Much more convenient than when those issues crop up AFTER they are a...
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    Linny is right on. It can be hard to find a...

    Linny is right on.

    It can be hard to find a good part-leaser of a valuable/sensitive horse, though, so if she is working out on other fronts it may be worth simply having a conversation with her...
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    My other thought is that although you say you...

    My other thought is that although you say you don't like paddock boots and half chaps, you may just not have tried the right brand of half chap. For example, there are half chaps made of stiffer...
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    I'd recommend the Dehners, too, but interestingly...

    I'd recommend the Dehners, too, but interestingly I also have an ancient (27 year old) pair of Effinghams that are still in excellent condition. I only just recently "outgrew" them in the calf. I...
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    Just about everything I thought to say was said...

    Just about everything I thought to say was said much better by others who responded first! I will just add this: treat the experience as a LEARNING experience, not a failure. Horses and kids are not...
  19. I personally correct any horse that tries to...

    I personally correct any horse that tries to engage in negative social interactions while being handled or ridden, even flattened ears towards another horse are cause for a quick spank. It's...
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    People love to use the term "rescue" very widely....

    People love to use the term "rescue" very widely. I guess it makes some people feel good about themselves, but most so called "rescues" really aren't. Maybe the the horse's circumstances weren't...
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    The horse world is a small place and publicly...

    The horse world is a small place and publicly outing someone's rule breaking CAN cause longstanding hard feelings and retaliation. I understand that there are worse things to fear, but there is...
  22. At unrated shows I think it is very difficult to...

    At unrated shows I think it is very difficult to enforce eligibility rules particularly if the horse is showing under a different name. Changing names and "starting over" with regard to eligibility...
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    It's definitely time for a change. New barn and...

    It's definitely time for a change. New barn and new trainer first, then probably new horse. The main point here is that after a year of working with this trainer, you are still in exactly the same...
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    I'm not an expert on IHSA programs, however, I...

    I'm not an expert on IHSA programs, however, I have heard about extremely unqualified coaches and safety issues at some programs. Ultimately, even though the school should be taking some...
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    If you haven't found the right people to work...

    If you haven't found the right people to work with yet, keep looking. They are out there. To choose good professionals, use word of mouth and personal recommendations. Don't fall for glossy...
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