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    :lol: Sorry, did not mean to imply in any way...

    :lol:

    Sorry, did not mean to imply in any way that that is your situation! Just some insight into why the term "heart horse" can be cringe-inducing to some people!

    As I said, I can absolutely...
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    I school in a Tipperary Sportage and compete in a...

    I school in a Tipperary Sportage and compete in a CO. The Tipperary is lightweight and fairly cool, and also pretty inexpensive to buy.
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    I think the problem with the term "heart horse"...

    I think the problem with the term "heart horse" is that it conjures up (for me, anyway) images of the newcomer to riding who bought a two-year-old green broke black Arabian because they felt a...
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    I think it's kind of a cute idea that might work...

    I think it's kind of a cute idea that might work well in this situation ... An up-and-coming horse that is already well known and has a significant number of people interested in how his career...
  5. What do guns have to do with this situation? I'm...

    What do guns have to do with this situation? I'm confused ...
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    I'm no psychologist, but I would guess that...

    I'm no psychologist, but I would guess that unlike budding serial killers who intentionally torture animals for their own sick pleasure, most abusive horse trainers use their cruel methods as a means...
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    You're right, they aren't in the same category...

    You're right, they aren't in the same category from a human perspective. But from the horse's perspective, they both cause him/her to feel uncomfortable and afraid.
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    While abusing a horse or other animal is never...

    While abusing a horse or other animal is never excusable, I'm always amazed at how judgmental many so-called "animal lovers" can be -- in this case to the point that they are taking pleasure in the...
  9. And also, the same ones subsidizing the "non...

    And also, the same ones subsidizing the "non profit" with their entry fees.

    It may very well be that in recent years events have put less of the income toward ribbons and favors and more toward...
  10. Absolutely. I realize this board has somewhat...

    Absolutely.

    I realize this board has somewhat of a love/hate relationship with Pony Club in general, but I believe that is one thing that they definitely got right.
  11. Maybe the dressage queens are more fun than I...

    Maybe the dressage queens are more fun than I realized! :D
  12. It certainly seems reasonable that the materials...

    It certainly seems reasonable that the materials used to make a helmet may gradually break down over time, but the "five year rule" has always seemed awfully arbitrary to me.

    Has any actual...
  13. What an awesome photo! I'm glad you guys had a...

    What an awesome photo! I'm glad you guys had a good time.
  14. I do the same as you .... It is probably not...

    I do the same as you .... It is probably not supported by any science whatsoever, but back in my Pony Club days they taught us that the wraps provide "support" whereas shipping boots do not, so I...
  15. Ok, as I said earlier on in this thread, I do...

    Ok, as I said earlier on in this thread, I do kind of miss the customized ribbons I used to see more commonly 10-15 years ago, although I'm very happy to win any ribbon at all.

    That does NOT mean...
  16. This!! I realize that most horse industry...

    This!! I realize that most horse industry professionals probably have more important things to do than post website updates every day, but if the last information on your site is from 2012 it gives...
  17. As far as I know the ASTM standard is still just...

    As far as I know the ASTM standard is still just a single pass or fail rating ... No different "levels" of protection involved.

    It's kind of a tough situation because there are so many variables...
  18. A thread was started to discuss an article that...

    A thread was started to discuss an article that was posted on social media. Admitting that you agree with certain things that the author said doesn't necessarily make a person "immature and whiney."
  19. Agreed ... And I don't think anyone here would...

    Agreed ... And I don't think anyone here would say, "well, the courses at that event were lovely, the footing was great, the management was organized and helpful, but I'm not going back because I got...
  20. It seems to me that the people saying "but you...

    It seems to me that the people saying "but you don't realize how much it COSTS to run an event! You should just be grateful you have events to go to!" are misunderstanding the point the author was...
  21. I think this definitely is a big part of it. I...

    I think this definitely is a big part of it. I personally love the smaller "family farm" type events ... However, the competitions I can actually attend are restricted to those that happen to fall...
  22. I don't mean to be bashing anyone in my comments....

    I don't mean to be bashing anyone in my comments. Honestly, if I had been around Rolex or regularly riding at the upper levels, and was competing almost every weekend at someplace or another, I...
  23. I don't think anyone believes that event...

    I don't think anyone believes that event organizers are getting rich from running events or using our entry money to finance a new yacht or vacation home in the Hamptons. But while the cost of...
  24. At Kelly's Ford Horse Trials last fall, they gave...

    At Kelly's Ford Horse Trials last fall, they gave out little face brushes engraved with the name of the event to all the competitors. Judging from the responses on this thread, it probably seems...
  25. I'm currently going Training with my QH ... Well,...

    I'm currently going Training with my QH ... Well, technically he's appendix, race bred ... And he seems to love it. Well, he tolerates the dressage part, and loves the jumping phases!

    ETA ......
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