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  1. Well...I am sad when it means a loss of quality...

    Well...I am sad when it means a loss of quality because of the increase in volume.

    And I do miss the local tack shops that haven't been able to adapt.

    However, I appreciate that Dover gives...
  2. Consider an actual bike. Better for the...

    Consider an actual bike. Better for the environment, quieter for the horses, very adaptable (baskets, tow-carts) and you can normally get them closer to where you need to be.
  3. Buy a used saddle. Having coached several...

    Buy a used saddle.

    Having coached several dressage riders in basic jumping, I would respectfully suggest that your interpretation of where stirrup bars should be placed could be influenced by...
  4. A figure eight, properly fitted and adjusted can...

    A figure eight, properly fitted and adjusted can gently spread any pressure created by the horse opening it's mouth along the horse's face, restrict how far open the horse can get it's mouth, and...
  5. No one brand of saddle is the answer--every...

    No one brand of saddle is the answer--every saddle maker offers a range of sizes, tree styles and balance points.

    In instances where a horse's conformation makes saddle fit difficult, if a custom...
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    Sending you a PM!

    Sending you a PM!
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    In NoVA I have gotten wildly different estimates...

    In NoVA I have gotten wildly different estimates ranging from "all you need to do is dump a few loads of sand over there, about 2K" to "you'll need to spend a minimum of 60K on site work first..."
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  8. Just went back and saw that your vet was ON IT! ...

    Just went back and saw that your vet was ON IT!

    Some of our vets are still skeptical when I mention this, and in fact, a recent Q&A article in The Horse dismissed the possibility that a...
  9. Here's a photo of the lesion after it had begun...

    Here's a photo of the lesion after it had begun to heal...

    http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii168/MCL2057/IMG_4223_zpsc2705d54.jpg
  10. That lesion is EXACTLY like one we had on a pony...

    That lesion is EXACTLY like one we had on a pony a few years ago that confounded ALL our local vets (NoVA).

    Our equine dentist is a FL vet, and he suggested that the wound had been infested by...
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    Our horses really do prefer the Himalayan salt! ...

    Our horses really do prefer the Himalayan salt! So worth trying to see if she does, too.

    A mini should not need grain...you mention RiteTrac and Equisure; either are excellent, Equisure addresses...
  12. How much work is she being asked to do? What...

    How much work is she being asked to do? What type of work is it?

    What were your management practices prior to entering training? How have these changed now that she's in work?

    It's worth...
  13. If you haven't yet introduced the side reins,...

    If you haven't yet introduced the side reins, it's unlikely that your horse will be able to maintain enough composure and balance to canter in any sort of organized fashion.

    Instead of risking...
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    I want to echo JustJump's caution about using...

    I want to echo JustJump's caution about using walk jumps. They are very tricky for many horses, and are an advanced exercise that can challenge an experienced horse.

    Believe it or not, you can...
  15. It's Euro, and actually the dollar is very strong...

    It's Euro, and actually the dollar is very strong right now, around 1.10-1.12, so just add 10% to figure out the Euro.

    The prices certainly do seem soft... the 3 yo prices were more promising,...
  16. Foals/foal auction Millstreet International Horse Show: Streaming on ClipMyHorseTV

    http://www.clipmyhorse.tv/en/live/channel/5/millstreet-international-horse-show-csi-2015
  17. Exactly so! No breeders, no horses. Brunello...

    Exactly so! No breeders, no horses.

    Brunello is a BRILLIANT example of the strength of Acord II (Ahorn Z--Almé Z) blood; his pedigree was indeed uncovered after his initial Derby Finals win.
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  18. So why hasn't USEF updated the recording? You...

    So why hasn't USEF updated the recording? You would think that once something HAS been 'bitched about' (I don't particularly think that my tongue in cheek comment rises to that description), or...
  19. Too bad Brunello's pedigree is still "unknown."

    Too bad Brunello's pedigree is still "unknown."
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    We show our young jumper mare barefoot. She's...

    We show our young jumper mare barefoot. She's never had shoes. Not saying she never will, but so far so good.

    http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii168/MCL2057/DSC_0808_zpsybnawizn.jpg
  21. Wow, can't believe I missed all this....I use...

    Wow, can't believe I missed all this....I use pins and like Night Flight keep them between the number and the pad.

    But...if in doubt, the best way to attach the number to the pad, is just hand the...
  22. It's not a question of 'deserving' or not. What...

    It's not a question of 'deserving' or not. What horse doesn't 'deserve' to eat?

    But horses are designed to be continuous eaters...mess with that, and problems result. Going to ride early? Make...
  23. Just spotted this thread on the main forums page,...

    Just spotted this thread on the main forums page, and peeked in!

    The setting is Drishane Castle, owned by the Noel C. Duggan family of Millstreet, Co Cork, Ireland. They also own the nearby Green...
  24. The photo resolution isn't very high, but I...

    The photo resolution isn't very high, but I didn't have to do much enhancing to bring out what does appear to be a brand. Maybe take another look...?
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  25. Certainly a situation that should be reported to...

    Certainly a situation that should be reported to the show steward.
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