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    I'd be careful with treats with a dominant horse...

    I'd be careful with treats with a dominant horse (I've had more than a couple dominant horses - for some reason they are my favorite) as they can tend to get pushy and mouthy and it allows them to...
  2. He looks great - lovely big stride!

    He looks great - lovely big stride!
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    Get your hands on Buck Brannaman's 7 Clinics...

    Get your hands on Buck Brannaman's 7 Clinics DVDs. Watch, learn, experiment with the exercises. It really helped me expand my toolbox for working with my horse on the ground (he can also be...
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    Ugh, I also hate it. Anyone done the update to...

    Ugh, I also hate it. Anyone done the update to 8.1? Is it any better?
  5. I've been here since 2000 - wow, that's a long...

    I've been here since 2000 - wow, that's a long time! I used to believe everything I read and never assumed people lied about themselves, their credentials, their experience (because I don't play...
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    I don't know how to put into "geometry" things I...

    I don't know how to put into "geometry" things I like or don't like about a saddle - is there somewhere that I can find the verbiage about it? I can say that I like a flat seat, moderate twist (too...
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    Sure, I'd love that - you can send me a PM if you...

    Sure, I'd love that - you can send me a PM if you don't want to share it publicly!
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    Saddles . . . again

    Okay, so I think I may start saddle shopping again. I think my saddle is an okaaaayyyy fit for Mac, but I think I could do better.

    So. Some questions. When I bought my last saddle, I didn't try...
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    I try to look at the big picture. Sure, I've...

    I try to look at the big picture. Sure, I've been envious of what others have or where they are in their training with their horses, or their ability to be on the show circuit or whatever, but then...
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    You are setting yourself up for failure by going...

    You are setting yourself up for failure by going out at dinnertime when it is 35 degrees outside and the deer are bounding around. The deer will also be out at dinnertime so you are of course likely...
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    I also don't wash my hands after going to the...

    I also don't wash my hands after going to the barn and then eating breakfast or lunch. If I'm cooking dinner for Mr. PoPo, though, I will wash up.

    I kind of like cleaning sheaths. I get a...
  12. IME, you need to work on chest opening as well as...

    IME, you need to work on chest opening as well as abdominal strengthening. Trying to have good posture for one hour a day while you're in the saddle isn't enough. When you're walking around -...
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    Wow, amazing story. There are so many things I...

    Wow, amazing story. There are so many things I want to say but I'm actually speechless! :yes:
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    I can tell you after learning how to do my own...

    I can tell you after learning how to do my own horse's feet (they are barefoot), I would NEVER want to be a farrier. It is HARD work, physically demanding, and potentially dangerous. I can't...
  15. Marney, it was so much fun - when you get the...

    Marney, it was so much fun - when you get the right horse who enjoys it and helps you out, you'll have a blast!
  16. OMG - working cows is the funnest thing EVER! Clinic report...

    I spent a weekend at a cow clinic with Dave and Gwynn (Turnbull) Weaver. OMG - what fun! They are great clinicians and their clinic style is really good - since both of them are teaching, one will...
  17. I quit smoking cold turkey in 1998. I quit...

    I quit smoking cold turkey in 1998.

    I quit alcohol the same way after last Xmas.

    Of course I would never give up chocolate and have it twice a day! :D
  18. How about cow work!?:D

    How about cow work!?:D
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    Day 1 of my hackamore clinic!

    Just got home from day 1 of my hackamore clinic with Garrick Pasini. I'd never heard of him, he's not a big-name guy, but the clinic was structured very well, he had good exercises, and everyone...
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    My favorite riding-related compliments have been:...

    My favorite riding-related compliments have been:

    "You're a tactful rider" - which may have been a back-handed compliment because of my horse at the time, but I'll take it anyway!

    "A lovely...
  21. I would suggest starting off by going to a class....

    I would suggest starting off by going to a class. Just like you can get into bad habits if you learn to ride without a good instructor, you can get into bad postural habits in yoga or pilates...
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    Buying a second property instead of paying off...

    Buying a second property instead of paying off our mortgage.

    Really, that's it. There are things I wish I had done, but if I had done them then I wouldn't be where I am today and I'm quite happy...
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    I've gotten the comment that I'm "aloof" because...

    I've gotten the comment that I'm "aloof" because I'm shy . . . but that doesn't make me feel misunderstood. I understand how/why someone would come to that conclusion because my stand-offish-ness...
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    Do you feel misunderstood?

    I've heard various people comment "nobody understands me" or "I'm so misunderstood." I heard someone on an NPR interview yesterday say it, I've heard friends say it, I've heard loved ones say it,...
  25. Eleven years ago today I told my ex-husband that...

    Eleven years ago today I told my ex-husband that I wanted a divorce. He moved out and we filed for divorce. As we were legally separated (and in CA it takes six months from the separation date for...
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