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    You always need to ask about the gauge of the...

    You always need to ask about the gauge of the steel. The lighter weight panels will bend or even break if a horse hits them hard. Then you have to replace them anyway.
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    People get concerned when the reply of, "I'm not...

    People get concerned when the reply of, "I'm not sure that will work out to be safe" is met with, "This is all I have in my budget."

    OP, I think a euro style trailer, if you can find one in your...
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    I say, why bother? I certainly wouldn't put...

    I say, why bother? I certainly wouldn't put makeup on for the purpose of going to the barn.
  4. In addition to obvious schooling shows, you can...

    In addition to obvious schooling shows, you can build confidence in your horse just by taking him other places and having a nice low key time and going home. Maybe there are barns that will let you...
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    The most dangerous part of most hauls isn't a...

    The most dangerous part of most hauls isn't a long highway distance, it's getting on and off the freeway, pulling out of a driveway, or driving through an area with stoplights. If your infrequent...
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    If you're not in a hurry, you might be able to...

    If you're not in a hurry, you might be able to find a used round pen also. But of course, it's the kind of thing that is cheap if you're selling, expensive if you're buying.

    I especially dislike...
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    I can't say that I've seen them fail, but I have...

    I can't say that I've seen them fail, but I have seen them get pretty fugly. I've seen some painted ones start to rust before they even left the store. I can't tell you how long the lifespan will be...
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    Quite honestly: I believe for some horses it is...

    Quite honestly: I believe for some horses it is painful and some horses it is not.

    It's fair to listen to the horse in front of you.

    Some people try things like teething gel on the mane area,...
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    The painted steel will rust and the paint will...

    The painted steel will rust and the paint will flake off; the galvanized won't.
  10. It was really a beautifully written story... and...

    It was really a beautifully written story... and even references the main character trying to gather information using the COTH forums. :)

    I think most people here would really enjoy it.
  11. Why would they do this? Why does anyone at the...

    Why would they do this? Why does anyone at the racetrack put up with it? If the times are untrustworthy and the person in the job corrupt, why not save the money of having a clocker at all?
  12. Saddles to Boots in Sebastopol (near Santa Rosa...

    Saddles to Boots in Sebastopol (near Santa Rosa in the north bay) normally has a large selection of used saddles. I think you'd enjoy a trip there. You can call ahead to see what they have but I'd be...
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    I also use the clipper blade. You tease the mane...

    I also use the clipper blade. You tease the mane apart just like you would with a comb to pull it, then push the blade against a small section of hair at a time to cut it. The end look is totally...
  14. My friend wrote this book that is just coming...

    My friend wrote this book that is just coming out:
    http://www.amazon.com/The-Equine-Tapestry-Introduction-Patterns/dp/0990475921/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1405982420&sr=8-2&keywords=equine+tapestry
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    You can do it either way - there's no way that is...

    You can do it either way - there's no way that is directly "better" for the horse, more correct, or that changes the way the force is applied.

    However, I do think it's important to put it in a way...
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    My feel with mesh on gates is that it should be...

    My feel with mesh on gates is that it should be welded. Otherwise, you risk the mesh slipping and sliding over time and making a spiky hazard.
  17. I'm going to disagree a bit with the idea that...

    I'm going to disagree a bit with the idea that the baby time is most precious now and that there will be more time later. There's an ebb and flow to it all, but as the kids get older, they have their...
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    The main advantage of mesh fence is if you need...

    The main advantage of mesh fence is if you need to keep small not-horses (dogs, children, etc) on one side or the other of the fence. Foals also. But if you're working with adult horses the rails...
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    I think these are going to be regional. I like...

    I think these are going to be regional. I like the America's Choice ecoflake at the moment. 12 cubic feet expanded for ~$8 a bag I think.
  20. Making your T as wide as possible and think about...

    Making your T as wide as possible and think about what's around the edges - either tall so it can be seen clearly in mirrors or something that doesn't mind being run over! :) A crew cab long bed...
  21. So another option for your setup, in addition to...

    So another option for your setup, in addition to the options presented, is to make an 8' lane (plus corner allowance) around the perimeter of your property that is convenient to drive your truck...
  22. I used paired 8' gates in my setup. There are...

    I used paired 8' gates in my setup. There are plusses and minuses.

    1. Two 8' gates need a narrower opening than a single 16' gate, because of the way allowances are made for hinges and latches.
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  23. Yet another situation where their incredibly...

    Yet another situation where their incredibly terse "Notice of Penalty" fails to give clarity to anyone reading it. The specifics of the comments and why they were exactly which of those adjectives...
  24. I would recommend building your back paddock with...

    I would recommend building your back paddock with gates (12' or 16') so it would be possible to pull forward and through if need be, in addition to your plan for the T for your ordinary use. Imagine...
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    Yes, that's right. The cantle is kind of a funny...

    Yes, that's right. The cantle is kind of a funny shape from the ground but you won't mind at all once you sit in it. What I love most about it is that it has worked for a lot of different horses. The...
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