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    I have to agree with Fairweather that the post in...

    I have to agree with Fairweather that the post in question is tacky, classless, and--frankly--pretty ignorant. But, I suppose, if you can't listen to a horse well enough to know they have opinions...
  2. Put the block on the ground. Deer like to paw up...

    Put the block on the ground. Deer like to paw up and eat the salty soil around it--not the block itself the way horses do.
  3. Having had enough safety and annoyance issues...

    Having had enough safety and annoyance issues with BO and barn worker dogs while I was boarding, our farm just has a "no loose dogs" policy.

    Basically, all dogs--including ours--go in a fenced...
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    IIRC, $1,300 for membership and subscription this...

    IIRC, $1,300 for membership and subscription this year and spouses are discounted. So around $2.2K for both of us?

    With the grotty weather, we've only had 27 hunts so far this year and will just...
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    The #1 thing I wish I'd had starting out is a...

    The #1 thing I wish I'd had starting out is a clearer idea of what is the minimum required for the particular hunt versus what is nice to have. Start with the former, and the latter can be birthday,...
  6. That's really interesting. My sister was just...

    That's really interesting. My sister was just diagnosed with PTSD after years of unsuccessful treatment for bipolarity and depression. I hope she'll let the treatment help her and stop punishing...
  7. I was one of those girls who developed early and...

    I was one of those girls who developed early and 'well', and had the whole tall, slender, and fit thing going on from my barn job. Tons of people told me I looked like Darryl Hannah's little sister...
  8. Lots of good, thoughtful ideas. Hopefully I can...

    Lots of good, thoughtful ideas. Hopefully I can add one more: What part of the experience drives your child? The activity itself, meaning he/she can still enjoy a pick-up game with friends? Or...
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    I've played snow polo down into the teens (F),...

    I've played snow polo down into the teens (F), and the horses were fine. As others have mentioned, it's the cold and sharp snow/ice footing's effects on the hounds that really puts a cold weather...
  10. Willesdon, that sounds like a lot of fun! Too...

    Willesdon, that sounds like a lot of fun! Too bad we no longer have a nearby foot pack.*

    *Not that it would do us much good THIS winter! We have fairly deep snow with ice underneath *and* on...
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    In addition to all of the above, write down a...

    In addition to all of the above, write down a list of what you absolutely must have and what you want. Think of all the properties you've visited in the past and really put some effort into details....
  12. I've only gotten dog beds and foam crate liners...

    I've only gotten dog beds and foam crate liners from them (and been very, very satisfied), but these folks have just about EVERYTHING:

    http://www.foambymail.com/
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    You could certainly flip it over on the flat...

    You could certainly flip it over on the flat side, water the heck out of it, and use it like a straw bale for gardening. Unlike straw, it will sprout grass, but mulch hay still works fine for...
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    One small clarification of my previous comment,...

    One small clarification of my previous comment, and which I'm completely unable to phrase more kindly while being clear. Since apparently we're talking in hunt metaphors: It's not an accident that...
  15. The only way the hot dog/cabbage analogy stands...

    The only way the hot dog/cabbage analogy stands is for the true nature of humans to be sinners.

    Why? Dogs and cats are carnivores. OF COURSE they're going to choose the hot dog. Just as a...
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    I vaguely remember seeing some animal cruelty...

    I vaguely remember seeing some animal cruelty stuff a while ago (and other things that were mentioned) but, frankly, I'm there for the hunting-related stuff (international is particularly fun!) and...
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    What kind of secure storage do you have for the...

    What kind of secure storage do you have for the boarder's hay, bedding, and feed? Ideally, separate for each person and plenty of room since most people aren't going to be able to buy/transport...
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    myrna nailed it. A BO who has a problem with...

    myrna nailed it.

    A BO who has a problem with horse people spending time with their horses shouldn't be a BO. We're talking about the (thankfully rare) individuals who don't seem to have...
  19. THAT is a whole 'nother big huge discussion. ...

    THAT is a whole 'nother big huge discussion.

    IMO, any rational person with real-world experience knows any organization and operating system designed by humans has flaws. The law of unintended...
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    Unfortunately, around here, the TP quickly...

    Unfortunately, around here, the TP quickly morphed into an evangelical, socially-conservative group that uses fiscal responsibility as a means to push their social agenda and scapegoat any group that...
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    IMO, there's a difference between spending time...

    IMO, there's a difference between spending time with your horse and his or her paraphernalia and essentially moving in yourself. One hint might be when you realize the majority of your 'barn day'...
  22. Exactly. I spent 10 years working at a private...

    Exactly.

    I spent 10 years working at a private science and engineering research institute whose projects were funded by a mix of government and industry. By and large, the basic research--proving...
  23. OMG, they got in through the drain hole? Now...

    OMG, they got in through the drain hole?

    Now *I'M* doing the waaaay-squicked-out dance. Ew! Ew! Ew! Like the OP, I fondly believe(d) the fridge was safe...
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    Something I'll add is that the biggest service...

    Something I'll add is that the biggest service you ('you' meaning any field member) can do to staff and hounds is to pay attention, particularly if you're last in line. Keep your eyes and ears open,...
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    I agree with letting her get her hands on the...

    I agree with letting her get her hands on the different readers to see what she likes. That's what we did when DH decided he needed an e-reader. He ended up with a Nook Color and has gotten a ton...
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