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    Buy the horse, not the breed. It does not...

    Buy the horse, not the breed.

    It does not matter what the papers say - it matters what the critter in front of you can do. While the breeding might give you a better predictive guess of what the...
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    I've always figured that it's better not to be a...

    I've always figured that it's better not to be a jerk. Give the rads to the owner.

    If you paid for the rads, you did so for the information that was in them. That that information wasn't what...
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    Thank you. Means so much to have folks care...

    Thank you. Means so much to have folks care about a quirky spotted horse that we thought the world of, both back then and still now. Can't believe it'll have been ten years this fall. Like others,...
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    Oops.

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    Dear Organizers and Event Secretaries: Thank...

    Dear Organizers and Event Secretaries:

    Thank you for what you do. The thousands of hours and dollars you put in that allow us to have a fun outing. The countless details you attend to; the phone...
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    Let's not anthropomorphize here. Horses don't...

    Let's not anthropomorphize here. Horses don't have our capacity to "love" or "miss" a sport, they don't have that kind of forethought possible. We do our best by them, we try our darndest to keep...
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    Photos are on H/J in a thread about horse color. ...

    Photos are on H/J in a thread about horse color. Honestly, I think you might be giving your new guy short shrift - the photo you have isn't from the best angle, but I think he looks adorable, he has...
  8. Funny, as I watched, I was saying "neck strap,...

    Funny, as I watched, I was saying "neck strap, neck strap, neck strap." Get one. Use it. Life-changing.

    I agree with BFNE that it's not all bad. I do think it looks like you are balancing off...
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    A very close friend of mine is currently...

    A very close friend of mine is currently finishing up his degree via Univ of Maryland University College. He is 39, and hadthe accumulated total of a couple years worth of credits from various fits...
  10. Agree with BFNE, though I usually have mine...

    Agree with BFNE, though I usually have mine walking an hour on good footing before I start trotting. Once we start trotting, I am a fanatic about footing (hard is better than deep here), and no sharp...
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    Thanks! Looking for specific referrals to a shop...

    Thanks! Looking for specific referrals to a shop in NoVA, if anyone has one they recommend. (Dover is as expensive as SmartPak, plus their shipping costs are exhorbitant).
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    Saddle pad monogram/embroidery?

    Since SmartPak stopped doing free embroidery, it's not really worth the 13$ they are charging to add a farm name to a saddle pad or four. Anyone know of shops in NoVA that might charge less for a...
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    If you order from SmartPak, there is free return...

    If you order from SmartPak, there is free return shipping on sized items, so you can return if they don't fit. But more importantly, not sure it always makes sense to buy the more expensive boots...
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    If you're going to take photos of horses XC,...

    If you're going to take photos of horses XC, there's one absolute big secret to getting them sold to amateurs/juniors: Make the Fence Look Big. Shooting slightly up at the jump, picking a table...
  15. Probably not true for yours,but I had an issue...

    Probably not true for yours,but I had an issue with gmail where I reset the password using the laptop, and before I could even start to change it on mobile, the system locked me out because of too...
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    UNLESS the bracelets themselves contain the...

    UNLESS the bracelets themselves contain the required information on their face, just as an armband would.
  17. I find it a little surprising that, rather than...

    I find it a little surprising that, rather than try to find ways to help the base of the sport continue to succeed, the suggestions Doug has offered here will only continue to enrich a very small...
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    Change the blouse from what you wore to the first...

    Change the blouse from what you wore to the first interview but wear the suit again. No one will remember one black suit vs. another one, honestly. Better to be slightly overdressed than risk the...
  19. Tebogo consistently has nice ones - not sure if...

    Tebogo consistently has nice ones - not sure if they are all back from down south, however. Tiffany Catledge/Allforit Farm has a bunch right now, including some really nice youngsters...
  20. One of my favorite people "pays it forward" all...

    One of my favorite people "pays it forward" all the time. Despite having a super-active work/riding/social life, she still spent much of this past year volunteering with folks in hospice who didn't...
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    One more - I'm LOVING the Jerusalem cookbook by...

    One more - I'm LOVING the Jerusalem cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi right now. Some fantastic vegetarian recipes (roasted sweet potatoes/fig/goat cheese!), lots of interesting foods, and beautiful...
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    I swear by the 1974 Joy of Cooking for a good...

    I swear by the 1974 Joy of Cooking for a good basic cookbook. A more modern go-to is Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything for uncomplicated things. The Silver Palate and the New Basics are by the...
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    And this is why I jog horses before I put them on...

    And this is why I jog horses before I put them on the trailer for a vet check - if he was off when he got there, he wasn't going to pass a vet check regardless.

    But that's neither here nor...
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    You don't "see" a distance, you ride the canter. ...

    You don't "see" a distance, you ride the canter. With a good (and appropriate) canter, there isn't "one perfect" distance - there are a range of good spots that will all work just fine -...
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    I love Morven, but it does tend to be a bit...

    I love Morven, but it does tend to be a bit harder than Loudoun a month later and thought it's been a few years since I've ridden at Full Gallop, I tend to think of Morven as slightly stiffer course...
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