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  1. I'm still giggling at the idea that riding a...

    I'm still giggling at the idea that riding a horse in the WEGs (or any kind of serious competition) is at all in the same universe as hacking around the barn. Apples and kumquats.
  2. My DH would live at the Red Fox if I let him. He...

    My DH would live at the Red Fox if I let him. He loves the history of the place, and the food's good, too.

    Just tell your husband what mine told me: Breeches aren't that much different from...
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    Thank you, Dom! As someone who spent her first...

    Thank you, Dom! As someone who spent her first 20+ riding years seeing helmets on only a handful of people (and those were literally either people with mental retardation or snobby, holier-than-thou...
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    It means I'd had a song stuck in my head for DAYS...

    It means I'd had a song stuck in my head for DAYS and my first half dozen choices were taken...
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    I have to agree with Fairweather that the post in...

    I have to agree with Fairweather that the post in question is tacky, classless, and--frankly--pretty ignorant. But, I suppose, if you can't listen to a horse well enough to know they have opinions...
  6. Having had enough safety and annoyance issues...

    Having had enough safety and annoyance issues with BO and barn worker dogs while I was boarding, our farm just has a "no loose dogs" policy.

    Basically, all dogs--including ours--go in a fenced...
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    IIRC, $1,300 for membership and subscription this...

    IIRC, $1,300 for membership and subscription this year and spouses are discounted. So around $2.2K for both of us?

    With the grotty weather, we've only had 27 hunts so far this year and will just...
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    The #1 thing I wish I'd had starting out is a...

    The #1 thing I wish I'd had starting out is a clearer idea of what is the minimum required for the particular hunt versus what is nice to have. Start with the former, and the latter can be birthday,...
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    I've played snow polo down into the teens (F),...

    I've played snow polo down into the teens (F), and the horses were fine. As others have mentioned, it's the cold and sharp snow/ice footing's effects on the hounds that really puts a cold weather...
  10. Willesdon, that sounds like a lot of fun! Too...

    Willesdon, that sounds like a lot of fun! Too bad we no longer have a nearby foot pack.*

    *Not that it would do us much good THIS winter! We have fairly deep snow with ice underneath *and* on...
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    You could certainly flip it over on the flat...

    You could certainly flip it over on the flat side, water the heck out of it, and use it like a straw bale for gardening. Unlike straw, it will sprout grass, but mulch hay still works fine for...
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    One small clarification of my previous comment,...

    One small clarification of my previous comment, and which I'm completely unable to phrase more kindly while being clear. Since apparently we're talking in hunt metaphors: It's not an accident that...
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    I vaguely remember seeing some animal cruelty...

    I vaguely remember seeing some animal cruelty stuff a while ago (and other things that were mentioned) but, frankly, I'm there for the hunting-related stuff (international is particularly fun!) and...
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    What kind of secure storage do you have for the...

    What kind of secure storage do you have for the boarder's hay, bedding, and feed? Ideally, separate for each person and plenty of room since most people aren't going to be able to buy/transport...
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    myrna nailed it. A BO who has a problem with...

    myrna nailed it.

    A BO who has a problem with horse people spending time with their horses shouldn't be a BO. We're talking about the (thankfully rare) individuals who don't seem to have...
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    IMO, there's a difference between spending time...

    IMO, there's a difference between spending time with your horse and his or her paraphernalia and essentially moving in yourself. One hint might be when you realize the majority of your 'barn day'...
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    Something I'll add is that the biggest service...

    Something I'll add is that the biggest service you ('you' meaning any field member) can do to staff and hounds is to pay attention, particularly if you're last in line. Keep your eyes and ears open,...
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    Personally, I like freeze brands. They're pretty...

    Personally, I like freeze brands. They're pretty obvious to a casual observer, hard to completely hide, and easy to customize. They can also be hidden under the mane or saddle if you don't like the...
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    I suspect it happens a lot more than most barns...

    I suspect it happens a lot more than most barns want to admit.

    I, personally, have seen two 'experienced' horsemen catch, groom, and tack up a horse that looked NOTHING like the one they had been...
  20. It's a little far from you, but Friends of...

    It's a little far from you, but Friends of Ferdinand has an OTTB available for adoption (cheap!) who already has hunting mileage. I know CANTER Mid-Atlantic will also get horses out and exposed to...
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    Yesterday, I was officially done with winter. It...

    Yesterday, I was officially done with winter. It has been both colder and wetter than normal, with weird hot flashes and big temperature swings, which all conspires to create a lot of extra work and...
  22. Dynamite? (Only partially kidding...) I bust...

    Dynamite? (Only partially kidding...)

    I bust loose what I can with a heavy metal pitchfork and clean up with a plastic muck fork. The rest can wait until spring and the tractor.
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    We have something like this: ...

    We have something like this: http://bigtextrailers.com/pdf/10pi.pdf (Model #:10PI under Equipment Trailers at this site http://bigtextrailers.com/# )

    Ours is a 10,000# rate bumper-pull that...
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    Heh. Hey baby, that open hand with the rein under...

    Heh. Hey baby, that open hand with the rein under your thumb is a dead giveaway you're still Western in English tack.
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    You might try searching all of CL. I tossed...

    You might try searching all of CL. I tossed everything that was really cheap or showed much wear (stretching, stitching starting to come undone) and listed the rest on CL for practically nothing. ...
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