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  1. Mystic Oaks is exactly right - because the RAAC...

    Mystic Oaks is exactly right - because the RAAC is a competition (not a championship) trainers can legally warm up the horses.

    Seems to fly in the face of the mission of the program IMHO - the...
  2. I just have to go back to the comment about a...

    I just have to go back to the comment about a level playing field.

    There is no such thing and it's sort of a ridiculous concept in dressage. And how exactly would you regulate this?

    Here in...
  3. I have two trainers - one who rides young and...

    I have two trainers - one who rides young and problem horses, one who is a BNT.

    Completely depends on the issue at hand, but I would not have the BNT get on to deal with a behavioral issue.
  4. I dunno - I think it's pretty unreasonable to...

    I dunno - I think it's pretty unreasonable to expect to school a horse to guns at a show. Not something I would be willing to take on.

    The organizers should have some sense of what is reasonable...
  5. I would just save money and keep riding the horse...

    I would just save money and keep riding the horse you have. In a few years you will need to buy a new horse but if you want to keep your mare (which I understand), then your best bet is to save up...
  6. As a judge I think I would have said to show...

    As a judge I think I would have said to show management "you can't do mounted shooting next to the dressage ring". (!)
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    As noted above - American Sporthorse is very much...

    As noted above - American Sporthorse is very much open, run by Sandy's daughter Anne. Tracey Lert also runs her business out of the facility.

    Katie Hoefs is at Gilroy Gaits; I don't recall who is...
  8. While I appreciate the fact that she accepted...

    While I appreciate the fact that she accepted responsibility for her behavior, it is really sad to me that the adults are behaving so badly at an event like this.

    So much for teaching kids about...
  9. Unbelievable.

    Unbelievable.
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    This is one of those times when the horse...

    This is one of those times when the horse business can be very sketchy.

    I prefer to pay trainers fees by the hour, not commission.

    But I always, always ask up front.

    If I were selling a...
  11. Assuming you rule out the physical issues I am...

    Assuming you rule out the physical issues I am going to kindly suggest that only the trainer ride him for a few months to get this fixed.

    My gelding does this sometimes (not to this extent but...
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    I had that saddle for years and I actually never...

    I had that saddle for years and I actually never moved the blocks once, either intentionally or unintentionally. Was a complete non-issue.
  13. Silverbridge you are right :) Sorry I am a woman,...

    Silverbridge you are right :) Sorry I am a woman, so ties are not on my radar!

    I just checked the rule and it says "tie, choker or stock tie". So I don't think it is legal to wear those shirts,...
  14. So I had an extensive conversation about that...

    So I had an extensive conversation about that frilly collared shirt without the stock tie option at the last show I was at.

    The rules say you have to wear a stock tie or choker, right? That shirt...
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    I don't think it is specifically against the...

    I don't think it is specifically against the rules to compete with your shirt untucked, but I would't do it. Seems very sloppy, you know?

    But I'm kind of a stick in the mud about that stuff, I...
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    I had a friend with Kottas and I went with her as...

    I had a friend with Kottas and I went with her as a groom. I thought they were great lessons. He was especially gifted starting a young horse on he lunge line for the first time. He was impatient...
  17. Most judges don't judge locally because their...

    Most judges don't judge locally because their students can't compete under them!

    I have to say though, I can't imagine signing up for a horse show and not checking the judge. I think most riders...
  18. OP I think that the reason people fly off the...

    OP I think that the reason people fly off the handle a bit is that you are asking a question about the difference between two gaits, so it's important to be accurate in the terminology. Otherwise...
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    I see both sides on this one. I don't think a...

    I see both sides on this one. I don't think a clinic is a fashion show, but I do think it is a sign of respect to show up in breeches; paddock boots/half chaps or boots.

    I don't really care...
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    A few additional things: - as another poster...

    A few additional things:
    - as another poster noted, tests do not necessarily run in consecutive levels, I fact often they do not.
    - braiding is not required but most people braid.
    - check the...
  21. I think all horses are different. Some like...

    I think all horses are different. Some like hacking out, some do not.

    The Exploding Pony was a disaster as a trail horse (as one might imagine). I tried and tried, because I firmly believe that...
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    I am trying to imagine wearing spanx let alone...

    I am trying to imagine wearing spanx let alone riding a horse - that just sounds awful!

    For what it is worth I bought a pair of smartpak Breedhes at the WC and they gap really badly at the waist. ...
  23. You would have to get him a bit more trained and...

    You would have to get him a bit more trained and showing to get him sold for a good value in the dressage market. As others have noted - hunters are worth much more as hunters!

    If you really want...
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    I think with most brands of saddles it really...

    I think with most brands of saddles it really comes down to the fitter. Your best bet is to buy a saddle brand that 1. your trainer rides in and hopefully is sponsored by and 2. that several other...
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    I had a Custom Icon Flight monoflap, had it made...

    I had a Custom Icon Flight monoflap, had it made for my mare. Loved the saddle. It was one of the older ones.

    I could not get it right for my gelding. It rocked on him. Could not get the fitter...
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