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  1. If you must buy white saddle pads, buy white with...

    If you must buy white saddle pads, buy white with white trim, cotton, so you can treat them with almost anything. Keep one only for shows and put it only on a freshly bathed horse. White shirts - buy...
  2. Back to the OP's original question: we've had...

    Back to the OP's original question: we've had anaplasma around here and several horses I've known have had it. They're pretty miserable when the fever is high but the antibiotics do really help. ...
  3. Agree that explaining things as kdow suggested...

    Agree that explaining things as kdow suggested will help a lot, both in figuring out if an instructor is a good fit, and in starting to communicate with them about how you need to operate. I'd also...
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    Definitely sign her up for two tests, ideally the...

    Definitely sign her up for two tests, ideally the same test twice so she only has to memorize one (even with a reader, make her memorize her test). I guess what I meant about "not real dressage" is...
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    How about the ones who interrupt you and CHANGE...

    How about the ones who interrupt you and CHANGE THE SUBJECT!!! That is the height of rudeness, because what that says to me is, they weren't listening in the first place and couldn't be bothered to...
  6. My Arab is in a Lovatt & Ricketts dressage saddle...

    My Arab is in a Lovatt & Ricketts dressage saddle and a County Eventer for jumping. He has withers (finally!) but is also wide and round, and we had trouble for the first few years finding things...
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    Repeat to yourself, many times a day, until you...

    Repeat to yourself, many times a day, until you believe it: "nobody can control what another person chooses to do." If she wants to enter a show, she can enter a show.

    Re falling off. Again,...
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    What time is the final bed check? is he...

    What time is the final bed check? is he anticipating a late meal, and not getting it? is there a consistent time when someone comes around at night, and he gets anxious if that person doesn't...
  9. What is the likelihood that this will change any...

    What is the likelihood that this will change any time soon? I probably ought to start saving my pennies for a newer model. I can't believe how much the prices have gone up since I spent $40 for...
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    There are all sorts of right answers to this...

    There are all sorts of right answers to this question. Ask them why they want to go in the show -- because they want to do something fun with their new horse? because they want to try riding a...
  11. Thread: Hands?

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    I have a 13-y-o lesson student who struggles with...

    I have a 13-y-o lesson student who struggles with the same thing. Let's break it down. We don't really learn about contact until we develop a leg that can send the horse forward. Contact without...
  12. I asked a teacher once how I should handle it if...

    I asked a teacher once how I should handle it if a teenage volunteer expressed thoughts of suicide. She said, first, call the parents. If that doesn't produce the desired effect, or if its an...
  13. Are you talking about my Arab? His crazy...

    Are you talking about my Arab? His crazy crookedness and head tilting has improved immensely with a visit from the saddle fitter and attention to sore hocks. Jury is still out which side was more...
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    What kind of boots do you wear? Can you get...

    What kind of boots do you wear? Can you get something with a wider and softer foot bed for every day, like Ariat Terrains? In my Terrains my feet never fall asleep, even after hours of trail riding,...
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    Orvus for the first round, to clean, followed by...

    Orvus for the first round, to clean, followed by Quick Silver to whiten. Use warm water and let both sit for a few minutes before rinsing.
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    We would get the good old "we're a group of 8...

    We would get the good old "we're a group of 8 kids and one trainer bringing a whole bunch of horses, so can you put these two together and those three apart so trainer can help the kids before their...
  17. Covered cat pan or Rubbermaid tote. Scoop Away,...

    Covered cat pan or Rubbermaid tote. Scoop Away, unscented. For one indoor cat in a studio apt that was 16x32, I would put one box of cat litter into a freshly scrubbed covered cat box and it lasted...
  18. Thread: Laundry Tax ;)

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    At our house it's usually laundered checks, and...

    At our house it's usually laundered checks, and they're usually mine... the bank will take them as long as they're still in one piece and all the numbers and signatures are legible!
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    What about an old Stubben? easy to find used,...

    What about an old Stubben? easy to find used, not real expensive, and when he gets some condition it may still work.

    (btw, thanks for the thoughts on Otter Creek - my sources of good advice are...
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    Tonight I saw photos of last weekend's starter...

    Tonight I saw photos of last weekend's starter XC! Every jump was photographed beside a typical jump judge folding chair, and they're all about armrest height, which according to something another...
  21. Yes, absolutely, BTDT, and with a friend's...

    Yes, absolutely, BTDT, and with a friend's trailer, too. Take it to the trailer guys who do electrical stuff for a living and get it rewired right. You might even ask them to make the cord a little...
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    Otter Creek - Starter course?

    Would love to get some insight into Starter at Otter Creek (Area IV) from anyone who has ridden it or seen it this year. I've always LOVED, LOVED, loved Otter Creek and I'm entertaining the thought...
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    Not, not, not a dog expert like some others here,...

    Not, not, not a dog expert like some others here, but --- two weeks isn't very long. Our crazy little shy dog took longer than that to work things out with Ms Border collie mix, and it seemed like...
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    We spent 7 years redoing a bathroom, and that was...

    We spent 7 years redoing a bathroom, and that was with various amounts of help from professionals. Don't go there.

    The only saving grace was that we left the existing tub in place (that was...
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    Most memorable, for the good: bunch of teenagers...

    Most memorable, for the good: bunch of teenagers spontaneously decided to jump the stadium course, on foot, which led to some sort of competition with a few friendly wagers that ended up...
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