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    One of the nicest ponies I ever knew caught a...

    One of the nicest ponies I ever knew caught a foot in a halter that was dropped on the floor, still attached to a chain crosstie. He stumbled, flipped & broke the leg, and it was the end of him.
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    If you haven't read Black Beauty as an adult, you...

    If you haven't read Black Beauty as an adult, you should. It was never intended to be a sentimental kids' story, but was widely called "The Uncle Tom's Cabin of the Horse" and added a lot to the...
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    Why are Appaloosas hard to train? Because...

    Why are Appaloosas hard to train?

    Because nobody today knows how to swear in Nez Perce!

    (courtesy of my farrier!)
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    Kauffmans, Millers, Eisers, Knouds and other...

    Kauffmans, Millers, Eisers, Knouds and other major saddle stores sold not only major brand name saddles (Stubben, Passier, Barnsby, Whitman and others) but also saddles made in Walsall, England with...
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    I have a set of schooling reins that I love--web...

    I have a set of schooling reins that I love--web with no grips or hand stops. I had them made in England. They feel comfortable and supple in my hand, don't slip or stretch, and let me adjust my...
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    I have a set of schooling reins that I love--web...

    I have a set of schooling reins that I love--web with no grips or hand stops. I had them made in England. They feel comfortable and supple in my hand, don't slip or stretch, and let me adjust my...
  7. A major point in the book was that the horse was...

    A major point in the book was that the horse was a piebald (named The Piebald, or The Pie), and therefore not a Thoroughbred. When they made the movie, they couldn't find enough piebalds that looked...
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    One of my student riding instructors arrived at...

    One of my student riding instructors arrived at the course with several pairs of the old-fashioned flare breeches. The evil upperclassmen told her that it wasn't correct at all to wear them without...
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    Please tell your neighbors about my friend's...

    Please tell your neighbors about my friend's beloved pony, who colicked and died when the neighbor threw his grass clippings into the pasture for a treat for the pony. The neighbor was horrified at...
  10. I don't believe horses can actually fake...

    I don't believe horses can actually fake lameness. However, there are plenty of lamenesses that come and go, that horses warm out of, that can shift from one spot to another and vary with the warmup...
  11. I put meds in peanut butter & tried to feed it to...

    I put meds in peanut butter & tried to feed it to my horse. He rolled it up into a ball and spat like a llama--it flew across the aisle and stuck to the wall. He'd dial the Horse Abuse Hot Line with...
  12. The real money would be in the best-selling Dick...

    The real money would be in the best-selling Dick Francis-style novel about the adventures of the equine PI.
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    Padding is fine, cranking is not.

    Padding is fine, cranking is not.
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    Some of the tack imported from the Far East is...

    Some of the tack imported from the Far East is made from low quality leather that's tanned with urine--it smells, especially when damp.
  15. My gelding (who has a few quirky things he will...

    My gelding (who has a few quirky things he will spook at) was carrying a novice rider on a walking trail ride when a wild turkey flew up out of the tall grass, gobbling, and whapped him on the nose...
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    This is a great case for Ettiquette Hell's pet...

    This is a great case for Ettiquette Hell's pet phrase, "How KIND of you to take an interest." Said drily, with an expression as if you just smelled something really bad, followed by turning your back...
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    Think about riding a merry-go-round horse--it's a...

    Think about riding a merry-go-round horse--it's a canter simulator, but with much slower and bigger "waves." Sit up, even feel like you're leaning back just a little, and let your seat go with the...
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    When the Wintec saddles first came out and...

    When the Wintec saddles first came out and synthetic saddles were a new and different idea, they came in red, white and blue. I nearly got thrown out of a saddlery booth at the Royal Winter Fair...
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    My Mechanical Pencil is a funny name for a horse!

    My Mechanical Pencil is a funny name for a horse!
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    I will NOT board where there is a free range...

    I will NOT board where there is a free range goat, ever again I've had my horse's tail chewed off (it took 2 years to re-grow), and the goat climbed up onto the 3rd tier of saddle racks, stood on my...
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    One of the true classics, along with School For...

    One of the true classics, along with School For Young Riders. It breaks down form and function into manageable elements, and analyzes the reasons for good, classic form in a simple, understandable...
  22. Or Sally Swift's second book, Centered Riding II:...

    Or Sally Swift's second book, Centered Riding II: Further Exploration. It reviews the basic principles in her first book, but goes further, with more about groundwork and bodywork for riders,...
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    I'd carry a short bat--it's less obvious to his...

    I'd carry a short bat--it's less obvious to his eye.

    I had a big 4 year old warmblood who was a wuss about crops & dressage whips--knowing his history, I don't believe he'd been abused, but he...
  24. Thread: "Fury"

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    I always wanted to have my horse put his head in...

    I always wanted to have my horse put his head in my bedroom window like Fury did, but my bedroom was on the second floor! And instead of rescuing me from various kinds of trouble, my pony always got...
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    I don't think your horse is a butthead. I think...

    I don't think your horse is a butthead. I think he's a survivor, and he's doing what works for him.

    According to your background, he was owned by someone who didn't treat him very well & riding...
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