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  1. Thread: Fun to ride

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    Fun to ride does not necessarily equal success in...

    Fun to ride does not necessarily equal success in the show ring.

    To me, "fun" means the horse is brave, willing, and receptive to rider aids. The horse is not too sluggish or too quick; it likely...
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    If you really are committed to making a career in...

    If you really are committed to making a career in horses, then you will need all the experience you can get. It seems silly to quit now just because you won't have a situation you desire next year. ...
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    A friend at my barn has one. It seems like a good...

    A friend at my barn has one. It seems like a good quality saddle for that price point.
  4. This, this, this, this! Even finding a safe...

    This, this, this, this!

    Even finding a safe horse that's not competitive is very expensive!! It is important to remember that A shows are the only ones where 3'6+ hunters fill. These shows can...
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    Lease with option to purchase?

    I have someone interested in leasing a gelding of mine with an option to purchase. I have never done a deal like this before, either as a seller or a buyer. How much of the lease price is typically...
  6. Congratulations! I assume you will be boarding...

    Congratulations! I assume you will be boarding the new horse? Before you spend unnecessary money, I would find out what the barn provides. For example, my barn provides things like water buckets,...
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    I, too, do not feel that these are examples of...

    I, too, do not feel that these are examples of poor behavior.

    The student who asks if she can wear tall boots is probably a beginner who legitimately does not know if this is acceptable and is...
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    OP, stay at the current barn. You have the...

    OP, stay at the current barn. You have the invaluable opportunity to grow there and never be held back. As your relationship with this trainer grows and you grow, you may find yourself in a...
  9. This. A point of discussion is, what is your...

    This. A point of discussion is, what is your definition of a 3' horse? Since this is a hunter/jumper board, most of us consider a 3' horse to be a competitive children's or adult hunter. (As...
  10. 3' is not exceptionally high, especially in the...

    3' is not exceptionally high, especially in the context of horse sports as a whole. HOWEVER... to those who say there's really no difference, I suggest watching the 3' hunters vs. the 2'6 hunters at...
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    This. It's an unfortunate situation that adds...

    This. It's an unfortunate situation that adds insult to injury but the show has every right to make you pay for the stall.
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    Hunter judging is subjective. AK knows this. ...

    Hunter judging is subjective. AK knows this. The horse is lovely but it does not have the quality of jumping or movement of some of the other horses in that class, IMO. As far as finding all the...
  13. Try some pro rides on the horse if you haven't...

    Try some pro rides on the horse if you haven't done so already. But if that doesn't help, I'm inclined to agree that it's best for your daughter to move onto a mount that's more suitable for her at...
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    Depending on the situation, I wouldn't begrudge a...

    Depending on the situation, I wouldn't begrudge a program for requiring (or at least encouraging) riders who are riding outside of lessons to use their own saddles. Depending on how many saddles are...
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    NJ is lucky to have several quality facilities...

    NJ is lucky to have several quality facilities that host schooling shows (most do so in addition to rated shows so the jumps are the same and the judges often are, too). Duncraven, Black River,...
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    For me, as an amateur, experience matters a great...

    For me, as an amateur, experience matters a great deal. I consider it a big risk to spend every penny I have on a horse that is unproven in the show ring. I'd much rather minimize my risk by...
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    Anne Gittins http://www.annegittins.com/

    Anne Gittins http://www.annegittins.com/
  18. Wow!!:eek:

    Wow!!:eek:
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    I do think it's reasonable for a buyer to want to...

    I do think it's reasonable for a buyer to want to see a video of a pony before coming to see it. Everyone's time is valuable and there's no point wasting anyone's time (buyer's or seller's) on...
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    Unless the horse is small, 200lbs shouldn't be a...

    Unless the horse is small, 200lbs shouldn't be a problem. There are plenty of men who ride (in hunter/jumper but don't forget the western disciplines & others!) who are 200lbs and aren't even...
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    You never know until you ask. However, I agree...

    You never know until you ask. However, I agree with others that this type of horse is generally not the type someone leases for a fee. You may be able to find someone to free lease who really enjoys...
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    To start, what are terms of your lease contract? ...

    To start, what are terms of your lease contract? My guess is that this sounds like more of a month to month thing than you've paid for a year in advance non refundable. I agree with another poster...
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    I am not a trainer but in the past I have...

    I am not a trainer but in the past I have purchased a horse much as you described and my trainer at the time was perfectly fine with that arrangement as she trusted my judgment. Fast forward, my...
  24. He does note that the smaller divisions have...

    He does note that the smaller divisions have saved the horse shows. Without them, they'd be out of business. Whether he agrees with riders being content to show in smaller divisions or not, he and...
  25. I am one of the people that finally got to do...

    I am one of the people that finally got to do WEF. As a junior, I never had the funds or the quality of horse to compete at WEF. Fast forward twenty years and now I am finally in a position to have...
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