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  1. My wife taught me to ride English. I rode...

    My wife taught me to ride English. I rode western, with cowboys, before we married, and thought English riding was a bit silly. However jumping seemed fun and I was willing to give it a try.

    I...
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    Well said, and I appreciate the accurate...

    Well said, and I appreciate the accurate historical narratives, greater length adds greater detail on a subject I am not well versed in.
  3. I ride the jumpers, and I look for brain,...

    I ride the jumpers, and I look for brain, athleticism and attitude. Conformation does play a role, some horses are built so that they are more inclined to use themselves in a way that is appropriate...
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    I think some good advice has been given regarding...

    I think some good advice has been given regarding exercises to prepare and the advice to ride smoothly at a moderate pace. The jumpers is really about the efficiency of the track. "Run and gun" is...
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    I rode in a Julie Winkle clinic a few years ago,...

    I rode in a Julie Winkle clinic a few years ago, it was good experience. She was quite positive in her style and seemed to have a lot of well rounded exercises and information that were not specific...
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    I have seen this several times where trainers...

    I have seen this several times where trainers think they "own" you after being in a work program. You worked AND paid your way. Trainers do not own you, this is simply manipulation to keep you in a...
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    So basically what would be needed is: A video...

    So basically what would be needed is:

    A video of her loading the drug in the syringe (with the drug name clearly visible), and injecting the drug while clearly identifying herself, the drug, and a...
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    Another victory for drugging in Hunterland. ...

    Another victory for drugging in Hunterland.

    If anyone had any fairy tale notions of the USEF wanting to clean up this mess, this should pretty well convince them otherwise.

    For God's sake,...
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    I was wondering the same thing about the blanket...

    I was wondering the same thing about the blanket statement, without knowing the situation. The horse is by herself in a large paddock with shelter and has a water tub, so monitoring water consumption...
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    I should perhaps clarify. Horse (not mine) is not...

    I should perhaps clarify. Horse (not mine) is not currently exhibiting signs, but did at this time last year.

    The horse is not on an auto-waterer, so drinking can be monitored.

    Without going...
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    Minor colic, dehydration?

    A friend's horse apparently had a minor colic last year around this time, attributing it to cooler weather and the horse not drinking enough when it it is still dry out, but cool.

    Anyone have...
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    Congrats on finding a good fit. Having that good...

    Congrats on finding a good fit. Having that good working relationship with your trainer, and the trust it inspires, is invaluable. Being in a training program can be fantastic or miserable, and a...
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    Love the crisp air and fall colors too. The...

    Love the crisp air and fall colors too.

    The horses are so funny, especially when they are really fit and it's cold, watch out! Another 10 degree drop and I'll have to abandon my usual on the...
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    Fall is here

    Fall is here and with it the cooler temperatures! Love this time of year.

    Anyone else enjoying their horses newly found spunk and energy? :lol:
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    True, the coin flips both ways. But the trainers...

    True, the coin flips both ways. But the trainers who put up with it because those big checks continue to cash can thank themselves on this issue. Just like the clients who stay with unprofessional...
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    Yes it's a symbiotic relationship, there would be...

    Yes it's a symbiotic relationship, there would be no trainers
    making ATMs out of people, if people would refuse to be ATMs. :lol:

    Clients are to blame, but also consider that when you do ask...
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    I've seen plenty of those kids come and go. Maybe...

    I've seen plenty of those kids come and go. Maybe it is the nature of ranch kids where you are, but here it is mostly BIGS. Bratty Instant Gratification Syndrome.

    Luckily for them, there is a...
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    Good for you! There must be some way of enticing...

    Good for you! There must be some way of enticing people who would normally show at A level to attend the smaller shows, rather than have them leave the sport.

    The BNTs will always find new cash...
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    How do you work with them if you don't pay them?...

    How do you work with them if you don't pay them? Maybe you're a lucky one.

    Around here, with rare exception, either you with a schooling show trainer that can't get away with charging junk fees...
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    I am in the same boat as many here, not able to...

    I am in the same boat as many here, not able to afford to do the A circuit exclusively, as are many of the people at my barn. The A circuit is the select same few competing against same.

    It seems...
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    That's why I was wondering exactly what a jumper...

    That's why I was wondering exactly what a jumper medal really is, aside from the ability to use jumper tack.

    There is no time allowed, it's not timed at all, and the course is specifically...
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    This! Yes it should be smooth, yes it should...

    This!

    Yes it should be smooth, yes it should be well executed. But the ability to make adjustments properly is a skill.
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    I was joking about the 40, but there was someone...

    I was joking about the 40, but there was someone in the top 10 who had a rail, 2 of them in the last jumper medal. 79 I believe the score was? Gorgeous horse though.




    I have a variety to...
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    I would totally agree, if this was an isolated...

    I would totally agree, if this was an isolated incident.

    I will be the first to admit that I have not witnessed shows around the country, so maybe this is isolated to this area. But considering...
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    You truly mistake what I am saying. The bad...

    You truly mistake what I am saying. The bad habits you cite were the rides often being rewarded. The horses covered it fabulously, but it was obvious. See previous post.



    See previous post.
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