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    Also, the conventional progression in hunter...

    Also, the conventional progression in hunter showing is to go from short stirrup to pony hunters to pony eq to children's, juniors, eq and big eq. Kids are supposed to move on from the pony...
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    Great video. Impressive ponies, and some very...

    Great video. Impressive ponies, and some very good riding.

    Can I just say, for my .02 and FWIW, that I think the comparison between this and Pony Finals does no service to either discipline?
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    Alittlegrey, We corresponded a bit a few...

    Alittlegrey,

    We corresponded a bit a few years ago when you were trying to find a situation for Charlie and I sent a nice family to look at him. Since then, I have enjoyed following your and...
  4. Yes, of course, everyone should wear a helmet...

    Yes, of course, everyone should wear a helmet when riding. It's silly that we're still even having this discussion. I have always worn one, even as a reckless teen, and in the last couple of...
  5. Thread: OK i'll say it:

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    I taught one lesson today. One. At noon. And...

    I taught one lesson today. One. At noon. And did 15 minutes in the ring and spent the rest hacking in the woods.

    My own horses are hiding in the barn; I won't see them until dusk.
  6. Many years ago I was trying to solve the same...

    Many years ago I was trying to solve the same problem and ended in central Virginia and have never regretted it. Land is still relatively cheap, most boarding offers lots of turnout, you can find a...
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    Break-Neck Hill, by Esther Forbes. Here's a...

    Break-Neck Hill, by Esther Forbes.

    Here's a link to the entire story -

    http://vickysands.com/01/13/143.htm
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    It's set on Sunday morning, and the rider passes...

    It's set on Sunday morning, and the rider passes everyone going to church as he walks in the other direction in his riding clothes? Wonderful illustrations by Sam Savitt or similar?
  9. I ran a successful boarding business that made...

    I ran a successful boarding business that made money because the facility and equipment was already in place and paid for, and the facility grew it's own hay.

    When I added in lessons, training,...
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    ROFL, thank you, Lady Eboshi. I think I tried...

    ROFL, thank you, Lady Eboshi.

    I think I tried to make that point a couple of pages ago, though not so eloquently.

    I tend to get my knickers in a bunch over the "Everything you are doing with...
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    You're right, it was 20 horses, and the exercise...

    You're right, it was 20 horses, and the exercise was repeated 8 times.

    But the link is to a BLOG, not the study. There is no link to the study. It's the blogger's interpretation of a study with...
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    No, I am reluctant to condemn other horseman for...

    No, I am reluctant to condemn other horseman for a practice based on misapplied anthropomorphism. If it hurts us, it must hurt the horse is TERRIBLE logic; along the lines of stalling horses because...
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    I guess I've been very lucky - when I was showing...

    I guess I've been very lucky - when I was showing hunters, the horses I showed all tolerated mane pulling very well. I rarely braided when I was eventing or showing jumpers, a neatly trimmed...
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    No, training is not the answer. On rainy days...

    No, training is not the answer. On rainy days when we couldn't gallop, we would go through the barn of long yearlings and two year olds and pull manes. Lots of these horses were barely ground...
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    I would love someone with the knowledge of equine...

    I would love someone with the knowledge of equine anatomy and physiology to weigh in on this. While I have known horses that required twitching or sedation for mane pulling, the vast majority stand...
  16. Sticky: Riderless Horse in Central VA

    Cute, safe, stout foundation QH, the husband's/child's/guest horse, in need of a regular rider. Would love someone who could flat him once or twice during the week, and ride out with me on the...
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    I have this helmet and I LOFF it. Not that I...

    I have this helmet and I LOFF it. Not that I care whether it's trendy in the hunter ring, but it's cool, comfy and fits my big ass head.
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    Usually the riding exceeds he standard, and the...

    Usually the riding exceeds he standard, and the stable management and knowledge are the areas that are more likely to cause problems. For D-2, I view it as the examiner's job to draw the info out of...
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    Exactly, Barbaric!

    Exactly, Barbaric!
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    The fact of the matter is, the first time a horse...

    The fact of the matter is, the first time a horse is lassoed, it usually does fight the pressure pretty violently before it figures it out. Everything you see in the movies or at rodeos is horses...
  21. Agree with all the advice so far, especially ammy...

    Agree with all the advice so far, especially ammy friendly ground manners. I have seen that both make and break a sale.

    I would also add simple lateral work. I would put that even before going...
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    One more thing to consider. It's an unusual but...

    One more thing to consider. It's an unusual but known complication of spaying; I don't know the ratio per hundred or thousand, but it is possible the the spaying nicked/damaged/paralyzed the nerve...
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    One more thing to consider. It's an unusual but...

    One more thing to consider. It's an unusual but known complication of spaying; I don't know the ratio per hundred or thousand, but it is possible the the spaying nicked/damaged/paralyzed the nerve...
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    Sorry to fall into advice mode; which I know is...

    Sorry to fall into advice mode; which I know is not what you asked for, but I would find a quiet moment to talk to your BO privately. You don't mention how big the barn is or how many other boarders...
  25. Context, folks. Context, please. Many...

    Context, folks. Context, please.

    Many people do an extraordinary job managing horses on small acreage. It is perfectly possible to have beautiful, healthy, happy horses with the 8 horses/10...
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