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by musical comedy
Sat Jul 21, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Learning from dissection
Replies: 57
Views: 1003

Re: Learning from dissection

Tsavo wrote:If anatomical knowledge was helpful Deb Bennett would be the best rider and trainer in the world.
:lol: :lol: :lol: Can't help myself, this is funny.
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Sat Jul 21, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 394
Views: 8587

Re: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?

In my opinion the frame where he is lower and behind the vertical shows the most relaxation and connection to the back. Pushing him up and out may be the long term ideal, but now, it results in tension and disconnect at base of the neck. Jmho Absolutely. Poor guy's back has likely been pounded whil...
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Fri Jul 20, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Great Ride/ Improved Canter
Replies: 10
Views: 289

Re: Great Ride/ Improved Canter

Its possible the stirrups are too long, but I also really dislike this saddle. Its the one that fits her best of what's at the barn available for use, but I cant keep my leg back at all in it. I wonder if that's part of the issue? Yes, I'll bet it is. It looked like your leg was swinging forward. T...
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Fri Jul 20, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: Young Horse Forum
Topic: Great Ride/ Improved Canter
Replies: 10
Views: 289

Re: Great Ride/ Improved Canter

Very good for her age and long time off! My comments would be not to canter the whole ring several times. Instead, make circles or down transitions. I say this because it makes it easier for them to balance. The video is a bit blurry, but it looks like your stirrups are too long.
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Fri Jul 20, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Dressage Today Online
Replies: 1
Views: 137

Re: Dressage Today Online

Has anyone tried out the subscription to Dressage Today Online? Is it worth it? https://video.dressagetodayonline.com/ ETA: Just actually looked at the subscription cost, its considerably more than I expected ($36.00/Mo). So that raises the question for me even more of if there's value there! I bel...
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Fri Jul 20, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: For *controversial* inspiration or discussion. :)
Replies: 28
Views: 813

Re: For *controversial* inspiration or discussion. :)

HafDressage, your post reminds me of the heated BTV/RK discussions of 15+ years ago. I thought (hoped) those days were over. Discussions about this kind of stuff are enjoyed by a select set of riders/posters. Others, like me, just sit here rolling their eyes.
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Fri Jul 20, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: For inspiration or discussion: Video
Replies: 15
Views: 496

Re: For inspiration or discussion: Video

This is such a lovely mare---and even more extraordinary is that JS notes that she is not especially fancy amidst today's horses. I, too, am glad she is doing well. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I guess. I think the mare is gorgeous and don't agree that she is less 'fancy' than today's inte...
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Fri Jul 20, 2018 1:35 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: For inspiration or discussion: Video
Replies: 15
Views: 496

Re: For inspiration or discussion: Video

StraightForward put that video up in the SVD thread. ***** (5 stars).
I'm an advocate of round and deep, so of course I'm going to love the warmup.
Good to see this horse is back in action. This was the one that Abby was helping with.
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Wed Jul 18, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: About that S von Dietze comment about posting trot
Replies: 36
Views: 884

Re: About that S von Dietze comment about posting trot

No , I meant von Dietz. Has anyone seen her post perfectly I have not, but I suspect she is a good rider. She is wearing britches in those videos, so maybe she has gotten on some of the horses in the clinic. There are photos (and maybe video?) of Mary Wanless and let's just say she isn't someone I ...
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Wed Jul 18, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: About that S von Dietze comment about posting trot
Replies: 36
Views: 884

Re: About that S von Dietze comment about posting trot

I wasn't at the clinic you posted MC. I believe "posting through your elbows" = leaving your elbows behind your hips on your up post. I think some people do this in an attempt to stabilize the hand. Thanks for the explanation, but I still can't visualize it. Perhaps someone can find a pho...
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Tue Jul 17, 2018 11:46 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: About that S von Dietze comment about posting trot
Replies: 36
Views: 884

Re: About that S von Dietze comment about posting trot

The big thing I took away from S v D in person was that if you are posting *through* your elbows, you are riding with a backward hand. I don't know what posting through the elbows is. I think this was taken at the clinic you audited. I can't hear the instruction, nor figure out the pupose of the ex...
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Mon Jul 16, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: About that S von Dietze comment about posting trot
Replies: 36
Views: 884

Re: About that S von Dietze comment about posting trot

I dont post vertical and dont a pure too. On the couple of occasions clinicians have requested it, I found it robbed me of my ability to go to a more influential trot in lengthenings "don't a pure"? I don't post vertical either. It would be pretty impossible for me to do...unless...I was ...
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Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: About that S von Dietze comment about posting trot
Replies: 36
Views: 884

Re: About that S von Dietze comment about posting trot

The USDF Rider Test wants the torso slightly in front of the vertical when doing rising trot. Scroll down to the bottom of link. Of course, this
is again only the opinion of USDF, so take that for what it's worth.

https://www.usef.org/forms-pubs/0-C5_tW ... rider-test
by musical comedy
Sun Jul 15, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: About that S von Dietze comment about posting trot
Replies: 36
Views: 884

Re: About that S von Dietze comment about posting trot

She says the following: - When learning it is okay to lean slightly forward. The vertical upper body is an advanced balance exercise. (Hmmm... I worked very hard to get a vertical upper body only to be gigged on it in a lesson.) Well, she sort of contradicts herself based on what she writes in my b...
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Sat Jul 14, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: About that S von Dietze comment about posting trot
Replies: 36
Views: 884

Re: About that S von Dietze comment about posting trot

I have the SVD book "Rider and Horse Back to Back" There are several pages on rising trot w/exercises. Too much info to type here, but it seems it is more focused on novice riders. I'll type some of it below: Even though rising trot is usually one of the first tasks a beginner has to maste...
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Sat Jul 14, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: About that S von Dietze comment about posting trot
Replies: 36
Views: 884

Re: About that S von Dietze comment about posting trot

I'll be brave and put up some video for critique tonight. Before you even put it up, I know I will like it because I like the way you ride. It's probably because you have a hunter background?? I especially like your forward hands. Rising trot pitfalls? Tsvavo, does SVD say what they are? If she is ...
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Sat Jul 14, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Saddle Suggestions
Replies: 37
Views: 819

Re: Saddle Suggestions

Chisamba, I use Kate Wilson at Dutchess Saddlery for fitting. She is pretty close to you and travels all over. She is trained by the UK and doing this for 23 years. Her husband also does leather work. Perhaps you are already using her. https://www.dutchessbridlesaddle.com/home.html kande yes Trumble...
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Sat Jul 14, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: About that S von Dietze comment about posting trot
Replies: 36
Views: 884

Re: About that S von Dietze comment about posting trot

I'll counter with "only very few good riders really master ANYTHING to perfection". Any really, as knowledgeable and wonderful as Von Dietz may be (according to many of you), she is just one person with an opinion.
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Sat Jul 14, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: The Tack & Apparel Trunk
Topic: Saddle Suggestions
Replies: 37
Views: 819

Re: Saddle Suggestions

Interesting is that so many saddle sellers ask only for wither tracings. The shape and length of the back is just as important. Saddle balance comes into play too. Some saddles are forward balance and others center balance. Some saddles have a flat spot where you sit, and others are more scoopy. Sti...
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Sat Jul 14, 2018 12:28 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 394
Views: 8587

Re: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?

He wants to curl if I can get him to yield at all He has all kinds of stiffness and self protective responses. He is gaining weight and getting sassy. I don't think the curling is a problem at this point. I don't worry about that issue. This is a big change for this horse, and I'd be happy with wha...
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Fri Jul 13, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Frustrated ! No Walk
Replies: 37
Views: 1244

Re: Frustrated ! No Walk

It kind of comes out of sf, as they're already in position for a one rein stop so when they go it's just a matter of not going with them. Something else to consider is that calm needs to come first, before any additional training. So if a horse isn't calm on the ground then there's no sense moving ...
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Thu Jul 12, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Downward Transitions
Replies: 21
Views: 559

Re: Downward Transitions

I think this is one place where stirrup-stepping can be really helpful. If you can time it to step a little into each hind leg as it lands, it should ground that leg a little more and keep the hinds under the body. In fact, I need to experiment with this tomorrow because I realized today that I'm s...
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Thu Jul 12, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Downward Transitions
Replies: 21
Views: 559

Re: Downward Transitions

Canter to halt is 4th level if you consider the center line halt. PSG both center lines are canter to halt. True that the ideal is this perfect halt coming from a collected canter with hinds under and poll up. How often do we see that happen, even internationally? Dressuer, is Gala the FEI mare? Are...
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Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Frustrated ! No Walk
Replies: 37
Views: 1244

Re: Frustrated ! No Walk

Ok, now I've refreshed my memory on this horse (aka stalking by some :D ). She had only a couple months under saddle when you bought her. Then you found out she was pregnant. Was she also the horse that was injured and stalled for a long while (or did I confuse her with another)? Anyway, these detai...
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Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Frustrated ! No Walk
Replies: 37
Views: 1244

Re: Frustrated ! No Walk

As I recall, this is the horse you bought that was pregnant? A pre? What was she like before having the foal, and what was she like after delivering the foal? I mean, is this a new behavior? Have you lunged her and does she maintain a rhythm in the walk and trot then? I do not think this is anything...
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Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:56 am
Forum: Breeding, Registries & Conformation
Topic: Is this person high? In re horse growth
Replies: 22
Views: 556

Re: Is this person high? In re horse growth

Tsavo wrote:I guess you trusted them to not have the mare up on blocks or something. :-)
I did. I trust very few people, but this seller I did trust as much as we can trust anyone ;) .
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Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:37 am
Forum: Breeding, Registries & Conformation
Topic: Is this person high? In re horse growth
Replies: 22
Views: 556

Re: Is this person high? In re horse growth

You'll laugh maybe, but I insisted on a measurement of my mare before I bought her. I bought sight unseen so I could not risk less than
16h.
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Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:33 am
Forum: Breeding, Registries & Conformation
Topic: Is this person high? In re horse growth
Replies: 22
Views: 556

Re: Is this person high? In re horse growth

I just read (according to Deb Bennet) the neck keeps growing until around 6. What Ponichiwa said...it's the rare horse seller that actually measures a horse when they give the height. It is almost always less than they say.
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Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:30 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Downward Transitions
Replies: 21
Views: 559

Re: Downward Transitions

It's hard to know what to suggest because it is very horse dependant. If it helps, my little horse can brace and pop his neck up and I love pulling back on the reins. For transitions, I do them on a circle and have a good bend, even a bit of extra flexion before asking and allow them to happen over...
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Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Impossible things in dressage
Replies: 10
Views: 420

Re: Impossible things in dressage

Ponichiwa wrote: On trained horses, it's easy to get a flying change.
That may be so to a point. I've seen several situations where someone gets on a horse that knows 2's and 1's, and they are throwing in unasked-for changes. If a rider isn't pretty straight, how are they going to get decent straight changes?
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Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 394
Views: 8587

Re: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?

The thing that irritates me today about the heat was that the weather guys kept reporting it as MUCH cooler. I am good in the heat si I kept thinking they couldn't be right. Finally I put my thermometer out. I then made adjustments for the poor horses. I have a non sweater in the barn so an alcohol...
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Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:16 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Scabby bleedy sores on the back of hind pasterns - winning the war
Replies: 75
Views: 1169

Re: Scabby bleedy sores on the back of hind pasterns - winning the war

Tsavo, I forgot something. The last time I dealt with them the vet had me use the sheath cleaning gel to soften and remove the scabs. If you google on scratches, you're going to find various recommendations and some conflict. Those people that have dealt with them and cured them stand by their metho...
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Mon Jul 09, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Scabby bleedy sores on the back of hind pasterns - winning the war
Replies: 75
Views: 1169

Re: Scabby bleedy sores on the back of hind pasterns - winning the war

Melody, as far as I know, the equiderma is a relatively new product. It wasn't around when I treated my cases of scratches. I have used it on cannon bone crud and some other things and it worked great. Tsavo, it really depends on several things and how bad the scratches are. Pulling the scabs off IS...
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Mon Jul 09, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Downward Transitions
Replies: 21
Views: 559

Re: Downward Transitions

First I teach all my horses to transition down off the seat and diaphragm not the reins. Then I use as much leg for the downward as I do for the upward. I will back up if the horse leans on the hands. Edited to add. If the horse wants to lift in the down I may position it a little longer and lower....
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Mon Jul 09, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Downward Transitions
Replies: 21
Views: 559

Re: Downward Transitions

First thing, is to make sure the horse can't pull through you. If the horse can pull through you, it will not ever rock back and sit. When you teach downward transitions, you will have weight in your hands, sometimes a lot. Basically, you have to be side reins for your horse in the moment of transi...
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Mon Jul 09, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 394
Views: 8587

Re: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?

I have struggled mightlily with Kimba and canter, but yesterday we did picked up counter canter on the rail, did a counter canter half 20m circle then went across the diagonal to the correct lead. She managed to hold her canter quite well, we tried a bit of canter half pass, one direction is not di...
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Mon Jul 09, 2018 1:27 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Downward Transitions
Replies: 21
Views: 559

Downward Transitions

How do you all get your horses to understand that they need to SIT in the downward transitions and not lean on your hands to brace. In the past, my horses just seemed to instinctively do it. Not so with my current one.
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Mon Jul 09, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 90 Day Training Expectations
Replies: 12
Views: 327

Re: 90 Day Training Expectations

I wouldn't necessarily expect the transitions to be balanced, and certainly not consistent in being balanced - just that the horse can do them willingly and isn't crashing down on the forehand or screeching on the brakes throughout every single transition and that generally, over the course of the ...
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Mon Jul 09, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 90 Day Training Expectations
Replies: 12
Views: 327

Re: 90 Day Training Expectations

I suppose I'm sensitive to the topic based on my own accomplishments, or lack thereof. I'm riding an 8 year old and I don't have 'balanced' transitions. Maybe that word means something different to me than it does to others.
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Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?
Replies: 394
Views: 8587

Re: Are we ready for the July August goals thread?

I did get yesterday's test back - 38.696% and no, that is not an eventing score. :lol: Judge's comments: "Tactful rider making intelligent choices due to tension and resistance in horse today to avoid huge arguments and possible danger. However, unable to perform test" Today I got there e...
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Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: 90 Day Training Expectations
Replies: 12
Views: 327

90 Day Training Expectations

This is a spin-off from a COTH thread. Perhaps some of you have read it. If not, and if you're interested, go read and give your feedback here. I was pretty surprised at the concensus of the posters and what they think a horse should be doing with just 90 days in training. Balanced transitions, spir...
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Sun Jul 08, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Impossible things in dressage
Replies: 10
Views: 420

Re: Impossible things in dressage

Not a joke. I don't think I am alone with learning how to ride upper level movements on a schoolmaster while not being able to ride a Travers. I have ridden piaffe and yet I am not an FEI rider. I have learned other correct upper level movements despite being a lower level rider. There are lower le...
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Sun Jul 08, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Impossible things in dressage
Replies: 10
Views: 420

Re: Impossible things in dressage

1. Expecting inexperienced people to sort out "good" from "not good" trainers (AKA blood from a stone). Even some experienced people fall prey to the wrong trainer. I'm not even sure what a 'good' trainer is. There are 'successful' trainers that have very different approaches. B...
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Fri Jul 06, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Dental Question
Replies: 25
Views: 701

Re: Dental Question

I second the second opinion, with oral x-rays. One step at a time is the way to go. Be sure to ask this next (vet school) vet about how many cases of EOTRH and/or gum conditions they've seen or tend to see. I had to travel to the next largest city to find a dental vet who (a) had the appropriate x-...
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Fri Jul 06, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Shoulder-in
Replies: 52
Views: 1310

Re: Shoulder-in

Demi, I think you were very kind and clear in your responses on this thread. MC, you often write in a way that makes me think you are not loaded with EQ. Perhaps you are malicious, but you come across to me as simply, well, simple. Thanks for the free shrink diagnosis. I don't think I'm malicious. ...
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Fri Jul 06, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Veterinary, Nutrition, Grooming & Farrier Questions
Topic: Dental Question
Replies: 25
Views: 701

Re: Dental Question

Could it be peridontal disease with receding gums that are allowing this odd hay to pack and cause infections and sores? Xrays will confirm EORTH. I don't know if it can be confirmed otherwise, but maybe. I would want the xrays before I would agree to extraction. I
by musical comedy
Fri Jul 06, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Shoulder-in
Replies: 52
Views: 1310

Re: Shoulder-in

I have no evidence to back it up, but feel like changing the nature of an exercise frequently, whether it's changing the bend or changing the direction, has the potential to be less damaging than doing the same thing repeatedly, even if the repetitious exercise is done for a shorter duration than t...
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Fri Jul 06, 2018 1:00 am
Forum: The Political Forum and Other Hot Topics!
Topic: Avenatti's Twitter poll
Replies: 6
Views: 371

Re: Avenatti's Twitter poll

I appreciate your views.
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Thu Jul 05, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: The Political Forum and Other Hot Topics!
Topic: Avenatti's Twitter poll
Replies: 6
Views: 371

Re: Avenatti's Twitter poll

Now he says he might run for potus in 2020. Would you vote for him? I find him as disgusting as you guys find Trump. I think the only reason people like him is because he is after the people you dislike. If he were playing for the other team, you wouldn't like him. I don't get how some women find hi...
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Thu Jul 05, 2018 1:37 am
Forum: Dressage Training
Topic: Working for Long-term Soundness
Replies: 42
Views: 939

Re: Working for Long-term Soundness

by the way i paid $100 dollars for my first car in the USA, it was an Isuzu I mark. i put 300 000 miles on it, serviced it regularly, and maintained it thoroughly. Then i bought a Ford truck, I had it for 17 years and put around 300 K miles on it. funny thing, i had a flat tire once, and recognized...

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