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  1. I just logged on to write the same thing. So...

    I just logged on to write the same thing.

    So where was the circle of hay bales, the walk-through oxer, the low bank, the barn yard and lane scene? Basically all of the things that better simulate...
  2. ^This! I had a conversation on the racing forum...

    ^This! I had a conversation on the racing forum once, where somebody asked me why the H/J folks had their horses so obese. It just wasn't healthy at all! I had to laugh, because we were all trying...
  3. We still have one around. :)

    We still have one around. :)
  4. I have pulled all the blocks out of any of my...

    I have pulled all the blocks out of any of my saddles over the years. I like the deeper seat and padded flap of the modern saddles, but not the blocks. They're easy enough to pull out.

    As for...
  5. Amen to that.

    Amen to that.
  6. This thread is bringing up some very interesting...

    This thread is bringing up some very interesting points, and has made me think. The first point is that a lot of posters are commenting that a trainers 'ability to train and ride' are far more...
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    I remember the Classic when it was at Gold Creek...

    I remember the Classic when it was at Gold Creek Park. The first one was seating in your car at ringside. I didn't like it at Marymoor. The footing was hard as a rock, and it echoed as the horses...
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    Having ridden with a double bridle both when I...

    Having ridden with a double bridle both when I was riding dressage, and now, while riding Saddleseat, I'm finding that I really love them. As stated above, the finesse is wonderful. The turning...
  9. I agree with you. I read the original post, then...

    I agree with you. I read the original post, then read the responses. Um, wow, people. Legitimate question, and when she was asked for examples, she posted them. Now everybody's mad because she...
  10. WWGD? LOL. So true. And thank you! For...

    WWGD? LOL. So true.

    And thank you! For the comments about tank tops. The H/J barn I rode at for years banned them. No way you EVER rode in a tank top.

    I still can't bring myself to wear...
  11. Love this. So true. My H/J trainer was exactly...

    Love this. So true. My H/J trainer was exactly the same way, and added a broad brimmed straw hat in the summer. Always looked professional, and ready to step aboard a horse in the need arose. She...
  12. Yes. This.

    Yes. This.
  13. This. Watching a nice hunter peek out of the...

    This.

    Watching a nice hunter peek out of the bridle and hunt down to a big 4' oxer is still one of the things I enjoy most to watch.

    Drugging has been around forever. I'll never forget,...
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    Denise is top drawer. She'd be another great...

    Denise is top drawer. She'd be another great option if Heidi doesn't work out for you.
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    I did a full set for my trainer several years...

    I did a full set for my trainer several years ago. You can get the heavy denier Cordura through Seattle Fabrics, the Rain Shed or Denver fabrics. Get samples from the companies, so you can verify...
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    Teri at Phoenix Farms is excellent as well. ...

    Teri at Phoenix Farms is excellent as well.

    If you are in Edmonds, I would also suggest that you look at Crest View in Stanwood. Kylie Forst is a really focused teacher. Her main goal is to...
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    Two other excellent barns in the Woodinville area...

    Two other excellent barns in the Woodinville area are Legacy (Shelly Kerron) and Hillcrest (Heidi Snider). Both offer excellent instruction with quality horses, and in a friendly atmosphere. Both...
  18. You are correct. Thanks for clarifying what I...

    You are correct. Thanks for clarifying what I was trying to say!
  19. Agreed. Whether it's effective or not is beside...

    Agreed. Whether it's effective or not is beside the point. The rule book is very clear that NOTHING IS TO BE GIVEN TO A HORSE THAT WILL AFFECT ITS PERFORMANCE. It does NOT say that it's fine to...
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    I would suggest that you have your vision...

    I would suggest that you have your vision checked. Whether you wear glasses or not, vision changes begin to occur when you hit your 40s.

    I've always had stereoscopic vision and very little...
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    I helped out last year at a 4-H over Fences...

    I helped out last year at a 4-H over Fences Clinic. 4-H gets a bad rap most of the time, but I was really, really impressed with these kids. It was a rainy, windy, icky winter day, and the horses...
  22. Are you thinking of Wild Horsefeathers?

    Are you thinking of Wild Horsefeathers?
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    THIS!!!!!!!! Very well said.

    THIS!!!!!!!! Very well said.
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    And part of that is the astronomical cost of a...

    And part of that is the astronomical cost of a good mount. The people that own them are raking in the money in lease fees each year. 15%-30% of the value on a yearly basis? Pretty good money if...
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    Wow. Interesting commentary. This is a sport. ...

    Wow. Interesting commentary. This is a sport. Not life and death. And in the ultimate scheme of things, not really all that important. The horse is where we should be focusing, and the fact that...
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