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  1. I would just say get going with your trainer...

    I would just say get going with your trainer before you decide on bridles, saddles, etc. Dressage is quite different than what you are doing now.

    Bitless bridles can actually be much harsher than...
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    It's easy enough to google "superhit dressage...

    It's easy enough to google "superhit dressage horse" and get the gist of the situation. The case was not dismissed, it was settled.

    It's not an easy feat for anyone to get to FEI, even if you are...
  3. With an OTTB I am always much more concerned...

    With an OTTB I am always much more concerned about the number of starts. 35 is a fair number of races. Lovely mare for the price, but don't forget that she ran hard many times way before her joints...
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    OP I recently ended a very long term training...

    OP I recently ended a very long term training relationship myself. It was very difficult and though my reasons are very valid I am quite sure I could have handled the situation better.

    Like one...
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    OK there are plenty of normal working people in...

    OK there are plenty of normal working people in No CA! Really people - you do not have to be a millionaire to live here. I swear - I am always amazed at the things people say. I have a normal job...
  6. Was just going to suggest Erica Poseley :) You...

    Was just going to suggest Erica Poseley :) You can probably work with her via video too.
  7. Current list of ranked riders (if I can manage to...

    Current list of ranked riders (if I can manage to post the link)

    https://www.usef.org/_IFrames/breedsDisciplines/discipline/alldressage/rankingList.aspx
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    OP, good for you. And thanks for starting this...

    OP, good for you. And thanks for starting this thread - nice to know I am not the only one struggling away with this!
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    I'm right there with you with the 2nd level...

    I'm right there with you with the 2nd level blahs. This thread is so great because I think it's easy to feel like you are the only one struggling!

    Been chipping away at it for a year or so and it...
  10. Find a horse you love to ride. Buy that!!!

    Find a horse you love to ride. Buy that!!!
  11. I sure wouldn't. Read an excellent article...

    I sure wouldn't.

    Read an excellent article by Hilda Gurney once, going to paraphrase but she said that essentially people are always buying horses to grow into and they rarely ever do. Her...
  12. Very fine line. I agree with the poster who said...

    Very fine line. I agree with the poster who said either you are an AA or a Pro. I hate it when people try to straddle the line.

    Even if this is technically legal, you are receiving compensation...
  13. Excellent decision! And this will help: quite...

    Excellent decision!

    And this will help: quite honestly, it's not so fun riding a young horse.

    Seriously - you would be amazed at the crap they can pull, even if you have years and years of...
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    All very true! I'm out there doing much the...

    All very true!

    I'm out there doing much the same lol. Though I have a QH and a fancy wb, so I'm on both sides of the equation often enough :)
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    If you are receiving any type of compensation,...

    If you are receiving any type of compensation, you should be a pro. That's really what it comes down to.

    The rules are convoluted because people are always trying to find ways to go around them,...
  16. how do you know the bloodlines? Do you have the...

    how do you know the bloodlines? Do you have the papers?

    If so, I would try to reach out former owners and see what the deal was. Could have serious behavior or soundness issues, could have had an...
  17. Here's the thing to remember - it may not work...

    Here's the thing to remember - it may not work out with the new trainer, so you want to leave things on such good terms that you can always return.

    I would say as little as possible. It is ideal...
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    I competed at the RAAC last time it was in SLO...

    I competed at the RAAC last time it was in SLO and I will say that group does a wonderful job hosting!

    If it is at Golden Hills again, that's also a nice facility. Not as windy as Gilroy Gaits...
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    As noted above - mid-sixties at TR/1st is very...

    As noted above - mid-sixties at TR/1st is very different than mid-sixties at second and above.

    TR - not so much - I want a horse that is high sixties/seventies at training level. Because if you...
  20. It's a total crap shoot - 4 months is not nearly...

    It's a total crap shoot - 4 months is not nearly enough time to know if the horse can be maintained in a regular program.

    I would suggest a free lease and see how it goes. Horse might be fine...
  21. I used to ride one owned by a friend from...

    I used to ride one owned by a friend from time-to-time. He was a lovely horse, though stiff as a board!

    Horses are individuals though breeds certainly do have their general traits. The Lipps that...
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    Be neat and clean, have well fitted tack and...

    Be neat and clean, have well fitted tack and clothing. Tuck in your shirt, wear a belt, avoid crazy trendy stuff or crazy patterns. Conservative colors are safe. I never wrap my horse - I always...
  23. My guess is that the trainer is trying to get the...

    My guess is that the trainer is trying to get the rider to figure out how to sit the trot.

    Personally, I would not take this approach. However, it seems like the trainer believes said student...
  24. Congrats! So glad you took your trainer and found...

    Congrats! So glad you took your trainer and found a match.
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    People only wear white and braid if it is more of...

    People only wear white and braid if it is more of a symposium, less of a clinic.

    Wear what you would wear for a lesson: clean tack, clean horse, well fitted breeches/boots/tucked in shirt and belt.
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