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    I believe it is actually illegal to give any...

    I believe it is actually illegal to give any substance that alters performance, so there is pretty much no such thing as a legal calming supplement.

    There are supplements that may not test, but...
  2. OP if your show is not until he spring and you...

    OP if your show is not until he spring and you are riding intro, I would not recommend working on the test pattern now.

    What you want to do is look at the figures and work on them, not the actual...
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    Just a side note - I have the BOT cooler, which...

    Just a side note - I have the BOT cooler, which I prefer over the pad.

    My reasoning is that I want to control (easily) how long it is on and I don't want the back over heated.

    So what I do is...
  4. People should ride in whatever works for them and...

    People should ride in whatever works for them and their horse.

    I've recently ridden in an Albion SLK (which is relatively flat), a custom icon flight and a Dresch (which has a very deep seat).
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    Excellent! Keep us posted :)

    Excellent! Keep us posted :)
  6. One thing to keep in mind - if your horse gets...

    One thing to keep in mind - if your horse gets very tense intro might not be your best bet. If you can canter confidently, you might do better at training 1.

    The thing is, the intro tests are...
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    I am sure that's why the horse was only $15k....

    I am sure that's why the horse was only $15k. Here is CA a horse of that quality would generally be priced a bit higher. Not saying that was a fei quality horse but $15k is quite a low price for a...
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    He's a nice enough horse for the price (found the...

    He's a nice enough horse for the price (found the ad), scored quite well on that test. Would be a bit concerned that they are already schooling changes on a 4 yr old (according to the ad).

    I...
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    OP, tell us about your previous riding...

    OP, tell us about your previous riding experience. Are you a new rider or new to dressage?

    If a new rider, you probably do not want to get a horse with this much training. I know that sounds odd,...
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    Another thing to add - I would look at brands...

    Another thing to add - I would look at brands where the rep is actually responsive. I know that sounds crazy but dressage saddles need to be fitted every six months or so. So make sure you buy a...
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    Kelo is really the expert on QH's doing dressage,...

    Kelo is really the expert on QH's doing dressage, so you want to PM her and get her input if she does not join in on this thread.

    I have a QH that showed 1st this year, schooling second. He is...
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    I'm 5'2", 115 lbs so we're almost exactly the...

    I'm 5'2", 115 lbs so we're almost exactly the same size.

    I've had three saddles that fit me very well - Albion SLK Short Flap, Custom Icon Flight short flap, Dresch short flap. I'm currently...
  13. Every OTTB I have ridden has been hot. That's not...

    Every OTTB I have ridden has been hot. That's not to say they are all that way but that has been my experience. My barn owner starts race horses and we always have a few in whether they are getting...
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    It completely depends on your trainer and the...

    It completely depends on your trainer and the individual training agreement that you have in place.

    If trainer is a seasoned pro, I would expect you to be writing checks to both parties unless the...
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    I tend to have this happen from time to time,...

    I tend to have this happen from time to time, mostly when breaking in a new saddle or if one of the horses decides to rodeo a bit and I get a bit tight in the tack.

    Search for a product called...
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    Post bigger, not quicker during the lengthening.

    Don't just follow along the quicker tempo, you set the tempo with both the length of the post (don't stop short, post all the way forward to a...
  17. When I was a teenager I talked my parents into...

    When I was a teenager I talked my parents into buying me a horse. My mom had ridden as a kid, I had been to horse camp once or twice. Ridden a friend's horse a few times.

    No lessons. No helmets. ...
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    I'm one of those folks that thinks the gear does...

    I'm one of those folks that thinks the gear does matter. If you are going to spend the money to take lessons, make the small investment in a pair of breeches, paddock boots and half chaps. And a...
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    I would go with ariat paddock boots and half...

    I would go with ariat paddock boots and half chaps.

    If you are a reiner, I would not try riding in full seat breeches, I would recommend knee patch.

    The thing about breeches is that it's very...
  20. It's highly unlikely that you'll get beyond the...

    It's highly unlikely that you'll get beyond the local/state level without a fancy horse. I think I can address this issue fairly honestly, because I've had both.

    When I was competing my fancy,...
  21. I think joiedevie99 is pretty much spot on.

    I think joiedevie99 is pretty much spot on.
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    To the OP, it is also quite easy to take your...

    To the OP, it is also quite easy to take your average horse and make them lazy, that's a training issue. I seem to have done it with my young horse and now that we're moving up, I need to undo it....
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    Seems like it's just another approach to medals...

    Seems like it's just another approach to medals to me. I don't have an issue with it, more information is always better than less information.

    The reality is that if people haven't shown at all...
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    I like my irh elite, but the lining breaks down....

    I like my irh elite, but the lining breaks down. Thinking of upgrading to the samshield, anyone have any opinions?

    I am tiny and everything looks huge on me.
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    Interesting side note - I was up at Starr Vaughn...

    Interesting side note - I was up at Starr Vaughn last weekend. My mare is retired there, I went up to ride in a clinic with my young horse and the CDS jr clinic happened to be going on at the same...
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