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  1. We have about 3400 sq feet for just me, Mr...

    We have about 3400 sq feet for just me, Mr Element, and the pets. We have 4 bedrooms. The master, a guest room, a home office (Neither of us works from home, but we play on the internet, pay...
  2. I'd go with the cement aisle. It'll stay level...

    I'd go with the cement aisle. It'll stay level over the years, it minimizes dust, and it's SO much easier to keep clean.
  3. soft swelling high on outside hind leg

    first of all, maresie is known for getting odd lumps and swellings in reaction to goodness-knows-what. She's thin skinned, chestnut, and prone to allergies, itchiness, etc.

    Last summer in the...
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    I love mine. I thought I wouldn't like one, as...

    I love mine. I thought I wouldn't like one, as the tactile sensation of holding a book, turning pages, is part of the experience. But I LOVE mine. I can have so many books in one place and it's...
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    Eh. I'd get the horse. You can get a house later...

    Eh. I'd get the horse. You can get a house later when you have someone you want to share a life with. Get a horse now when you're young enough and have time and health to enjoy it. Don't think of...
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    growing up my stalls initially had dirt floors....

    growing up my stalls initially had dirt floors. We added stonedust, leveled it, packed it, and put mats on top. They didn't move in years and worked out great.

    With an older barn, I'd power wash...
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    honestly this doesn't sound like the horse has...

    honestly this doesn't sound like the horse has issues being alone (at least not entirely), it sounds like she has some issues at shows and is probably just green.

    Can you get your trainer to jump...
  8. eh, I'm not going to get into the drama here. ...

    eh, I'm not going to get into the drama here.

    I'll admit I'm not horribly bothered by somone sitting on a broke horse without a helmet. Most of the western disciplines don't wear helmets. Most...
  9. not to derail the thread and make it about the...

    not to derail the thread and make it about the dangers of eventing..... but

    Another consideration when evaluationg your horse's happiness... It seems like there's alot more potential for serious...
  10. what do the other horseowners in the community...

    what do the other horseowners in the community do?
    I would think a wheeled trashcan would be very difficult to dump (even with a ramp to the community pile) and some would get stuck in the bottom,...
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    we just sold a 9yo reg QH mare (DH's trail pony...

    we just sold a 9yo reg QH mare (DH's trail pony but just too small for him) for 1500 as a trail pony. Mare could w/t/c in the ring, but didn't like it. No idea how to frame or move laterally, but...
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    DH had miniscus surgery last year, and he was...

    DH had miniscus surgery last year, and he was walking on it (carefully) almost immediately after, and is mostly pain free now, a year later. He is able to ride, sit, stand, job, etc. I think he had...
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    I travel alot for my job right now, and much of...

    I travel alot for my job right now, and much of the travel is LONG (like 2-5 months at a time).
    I showed seriously a few years ago when I wasn't traveling much. I was full boarding my 2 (one made,...
  14. on the horse being alone: It really depends on...

    on the horse being alone:
    It really depends on the horse. Some are fine by themselves, others really not.
    I had a pony growing up that we moved to our house and at first he was fine. Then when I...
  15. This is how I feel every day! Also, it...

    This is how I feel every day!
    Also, it complicates things when the husband DOESN'T want to cut back on calories, carbs, etc. He wants to eat ice cream for dessert. He wants to have chips and snacks...
  16. awesome story and pictures and nice job overall. ...

    awesome story and pictures and nice job overall.
    Is she a keeper or what are your plans for her?
    Can't wait for updates after her first show :)
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    I grew up keeping 2 horses on about 4 acres in...

    I grew up keeping 2 horses on about 4 acres in southern Maine. I was young so everything was still exciting and doable. I could never do it now :)

    Winter was the worst. Figure out how you're...
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    I agree that Tad Coffins are great on wide...

    I agree that Tad Coffins are great on wide horses, so long as they don't have a huge wither. I love TC saddles and find them very comfortable and horses seem to go well in them.
    I also am a huge...
  19. Our arrangement is similar to Pennywell's. I...

    Our arrangement is similar to Pennywell's.

    I make a LOT more than DH does, and he's (admittedly) terrible with handling finances. So we each have our own accounts. He pays me X amount every month...
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    Honestly, at this point I'd seek a second (more...

    Honestly, at this point I'd seek a second (more expert) opinion. I'd take my horse to OSU (or whatever midwest state vet hospital you have access to) and get their lameness work-up (rads, at least)....
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    In my experience, a nathe (may be what you're...

    In my experience, a nathe (may be what you're using) tends to be thinner and better shaped for the horses' mouths than the traditional thick black rubber.
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    I tend to move for work every 2-4 years, so moves...

    I tend to move for work every 2-4 years, so moves are a good chance to purge.
    Before every move, I go through backs of closets and dump or donate things that haven't seen daylight since the last...
  23. I have a pistol of a medium pony mare who also...

    I have a pistol of a medium pony mare who also went through A LOT of bits back in the day (she's now a semi-retired w/t pony). We used a lot of variations of twists and leverage, but her best...
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    I'm loyal to Vizslas! They are generally very...

    I'm loyal to Vizslas!

    They are generally very smart, and use that power for good instead of evil. They LOVE their people, and the nickname Velcro Dogs is well earned -- they always want to be...
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    Our driveway gates don't fold all the way back...

    Our driveway gates don't fold all the way back either. They are about 2 feet from the fences. We use a chain attached to the top rail, with a double end snap, and use it to tie the gates open. ...
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