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    My job is stock market-related so when the market...

    My job is stock market-related so when the market crashed in 2008, I took a massive pay cut and had to figure out how to keep my mares on a tight, tight budget.

    Barefoot is great if it works for...
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    I find them kind of irritating unless it's...

    I find them kind of irritating unless it's December. And then I break out the red-and-green ones with brass bells and jingle-jangle everywhere. Festive relevance makes them less ridiculous...right?...
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    Poll: I'm in NC and have boarded everywhere from the...

    I'm in NC and have boarded everywhere from the Triangle to South Charlotte, paying everywhere from $125 (self-care pasture board, hay/feed/shavings not included, no arena, no trails) to $700...
  4. Oh man, how I miss those endless hours. During...

    Oh man, how I miss those endless hours. During summers and weekends, my best friend and I would get dropped off at the barn (a gnarly western barn filled with questionable characters, no less) after...
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    Try a Cashel Soft Saddle if you can. I cut a...

    Try a Cashel Soft Saddle if you can. I cut a "gullet" into mine, which gives it spine/wither clearance.
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    I think the issues that are present are...

    I think the issues that are present are inevitable in any sport/event that uses subjective judging rather than some form of objective scoring system. Not that all dressage/eventing/etc. scoring is...
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    I don't know if this has been mentioned, but I...

    I don't know if this has been mentioned, but I think there are legitimate cases where fear = being overmounted, and what the rider really needs isn't so much self-pep-talks or "getting over it," so...
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    Many years ago as a preteen/teenager when I was...

    Many years ago as a preteen/teenager when I was doing hunters, my barn went to a series of shows in and around Camden, SC. No idea if they're still being held, I think they were B or C shows? ...
  9. Growing up, my riding instructors always made us...

    Growing up, my riding instructors always made us "learn how to" clean tack when it was too cold to ride. ;)
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    I was in a similar situation and wound up moving...

    I was in a similar situation and wound up moving our rideable mare (our other mare is a pasture-sound-only rescue pony) from our very quiet self-care place to a busier, more socially active boarding...
  11. Ironically enough, the horses fit more smoothly...

    Ironically enough, the horses fit more smoothly into our lives and caused much less relationship stress AFTER we had a baby.

    Pre-becoming-parents, my husband saw the horses as a very expensive,...
  12. Well, I have one mare on a self-care property and...

    Well, I have one mare on a self-care property and one mare in a full-service boarding barn, so my experience with self-care has given me a reasonably good feel for the cost of feed, hay, shavings,...
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    Fair enough...but sometimes the teenagers behave...

    Fair enough...but sometimes the teenagers behave much worse than the toddlers. :lol:

    I think it's kind of like restaurants--no one cares whether you bring your kid as long as he/she is well...
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    Short of right-of-first-refusal contracts and...

    Short of right-of-first-refusal contracts and luck, papers and good training are the two things that give a horse the best shot at staying in good homes. Since she doesn't have the former, if I were...
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    Trust me, it's a good idea to go ahead and slap...

    Trust me, it's a good idea to go ahead and slap him. :lol: Which is to say, establish now, while the baby hasn't arrived yet, that you getting some free time to relax, breathe, and do what you want...
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    I feel for you on the bedrest. I was on bedrest...

    I feel for you on the bedrest. I was on bedrest or semi-bedrest for a lot of my pregnancy, and it was hard. But the finish line is in sight--congratulations! :)

    If you're at a barn (or even near...
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    If you're remotely on the smaller side, it might...

    If you're remotely on the smaller side, it might be worth seeking out people who are breeding/selling ponies as well. I've had several friends trying to sell outgrown ponies who had a hard time...
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    I sold my dressage saddle when I was pregnant...

    I sold my dressage saddle when I was pregnant with my son (third trimester, felt like I was going to be pregnant forever and never ride again, hormonal drama, etc. etc.) and absolutely kicked myself...
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    eh, I'm a romantic. And also in no way an...

    eh, I'm a romantic. And also in no way an expert, so take anything I say with a grain of salt. But I think that, unless your goal is rapid advancement through the levels, you should choose as a...
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    Ergo carrier! I do barn chores with my 25-lb...

    Ergo carrier! I do barn chores with my 25-lb toddler on my back in the Ergo to keep him out from underhoof, and it's really comfy and easy to use. I've heard that the Boba carrier is similarly...
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    I definitely second those who have recommended...

    I definitely second those who have recommended the Lake Wylie area, including the area just over the SC state line (Fort Mill, Tega Cay, Clover). I found an awesome small facility in Fort Mill when...
  22. Poll: Same here :yes: . I grew up riding with...

    Same here :yes: . I grew up riding with old-school, no-nonsense trainers who wouldn't tolerate anything less than immaculately clean tack and a spit-shined horse, with the rider's gear needing to be...
  23. Poll: We have some serious mud here in the winter and...

    We have some serious mud here in the winter and spring no matter how well-draining the paddocks are, and I have not yet achieved enough fame and fortune to hire someone to go fetch my shaggy horse...
  24. This is a silly newb question, but does anyone...

    This is a silly newb question, but does anyone know if an actual USEF rule dictates that breeches be white (at lower levels) or if it's just de rigueur? I know the coat color rules were recently...
  25. I second this! After a high-risk, bedrest,...

    I second this! After a high-risk, bedrest, massive-amounts-of-swelling pregnancy, the situation with my butt is just never going to be amenable to skintight white pants, no matter how much I work...
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