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    The whole point of x-c is the changes in terrain...

    The whole point of x-c is the changes in terrain and having to deal with all the questions that become of that. Riding over solid fences on a gigantic lawn is just show jumping by another name.
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  2. I'm usually not the "it could be worse" person,...

    I'm usually not the "it could be worse" person, but...

    At one barn I boarded at, a boarder cut off an Arabian mare's mane because she thought the mare "would get too hot." :eek: How that nimrod...
  3. Sorry if this is a tangent, but I've been trying...

    Sorry if this is a tangent, but I've been trying to find a horse book that I had as a kid and I've come up completely empty. It was an instructional book about riding and jumping for kids, written by...
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    Our first double clear x-c ever. The Drama King...

    Our first double clear x-c ever. The Drama King knew exactly what to do and I just stayed out of his way and aimed him at the jumps. There was an up-bank that he just floated up and he didn't even...
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    My "favorite" ads are the ones that combine...

    My "favorite" ads are the ones that combine "private treaty" with "Serious inquiries only!! No tire-kickers!!!!!" Uh, sure, ok. Let me know how that works out for you. :uhoh:
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    Good thing there are spurs that don't have a high...

    Good thing there are spurs that don't have a high potential for cutting or abrading horses. It'd take a magnificent amount of force to cut a horse with these guys, not matter how fresh the clip job...
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    A Happy Christmas indeed! :D So happy for WFP and...

    A Happy Christmas indeed! :D So happy for WFP and his family.
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    Yep. I'm in the "blood and you're out, no...

    Yep. I'm in the "blood and you're out, no exceptions" camp. Make it a judgement call, and you'll run into scenarios like we've seen in eventing, where enforcement of the rules depends on how famous...
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    Matching stall guards and/or nameplates is...

    Matching stall guards and/or nameplates is usually as fancy as it get here in Area IV. Maybe a few farm/sponsor banners.

    But we know how to match x-c colors! And we also have impeccable tastes in...
  10. [Insert Not A Parent disclaimer here]Any kid who...

    [Insert Not A Parent disclaimer here]Any kid who acted like that around my horse in my presence would be removed from the horse and given a time out. My horse is gentle with kids, but I would NOT...
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    Right, I wasn't clear. In my case it was closer...

    Right, I wasn't clear. In my case it was closer to 10 strides out because he would get anxious as soon as he even thought about going through the combo. YMMV, of course.

    Additionally, most x-c...
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    I'd be leery of going to a bigger bit or a more...

    I'd be leery of going to a bigger bit or a more severe noseband. Eventually you'll run out of bigger bits and nosebands, and then what?

    You say he'll walk out of the start box just fine but grabs...
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    Former barn had the Wall of Knowledge. Blocker...

    Former barn had the Wall of Knowledge. Blocker Tie Ring with a 25-foot rope. A lot of horses learned to tie with that thing, and it was usually not super stressful. I pretty much always tie with a...
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    Horses should all be able to yield forequarters,...

    Horses should all be able to yield forequarters, hindquarters, and backwards on the ground without fuss. Teaching and using the yields can help solve a lot of problems because you gain control of...
  15. I'd love to see that $52,000 go to local...

    I'd love to see that $52,000 go to local non-destination events that are not in the big Eventing areas. Free up a bit of their budget so they can advertise more and hopefully drum up more...
  16. Bump. Any reports from the convention? Initial...

    Bump. Any reports from the convention? Initial impressions? Calls for torches and/or pitchforks? :winkgrin:
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    Poll: Started out western, switched to English some...

    Started out western, switched to English some years later. Entered my first HT about 13 years after I started riding regularly.
  18. A vet who's worked been both a small animal and...

    A vet who's worked been both a small animal and equine vet once told me that horse owners seem more engaged in the day-to-day care of their animals. I'm sure a chuck of that it because the entry and...
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    redalter, those are some interesting topics. Be...

    redalter, those are some interesting topics. Be interesting to see what becomes of them. The fact that they're on the agenda at all is a step in the right direction. :encouragement: Looking forward...
  20. :sigh: ETA: I find it very interesting that...

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    ETA: I find it very interesting that anytime someone suggests that the ULs should not receive a disproportionate amount of recognition, it's treated like saying the ULs should be done away...
  21. It does seem strange that TPTB seem to be...

    It does seem strange that TPTB seem to be gleefully taking aim at their own feet and firing. Pricing 80-90% of participants out of the sport is rather foolhardy. I have to admit the prices of many...
  22. Very nice! He's a fantastic mover. :)

    Very nice! He's a fantastic mover. :)
  23. I've had to run from two barns in a row, but for...

    I've had to run from two barns in a row, but for completely different reasons. Barn #1 "forgot" to buy enough hay and started feeding all the boarded horses 1 flake a day. BO #1 screamed at me for...
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    One of my favorite Craigslist postings ever:...

    One of my favorite Craigslist postings ever: Genital and quite kids horse.

    :eek: :lol:
  25. Agreed. I've always thought of derbies as an...

    Agreed. I've always thought of derbies as an intro to eventing sort of thing, like "Horse, you've been jumping show jumps for a while now, so here are some show jumps mixed in with some x-c jumps." A...
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