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[RC] Teeny Weeny Budget - Tamara Taylor

WOW! Thanks for all of the encouragement RC! I was thinking of hitching a ride 
with someone else since we don't have a trailer and renting one is SO 
expensive. 
I think it works out to about $100 per day plus gas. It sounds like it will be 
ok to tie to the trailer.

I was going to buy a few things with my Christmas money. I was thinking one of 
those new vented helmets (a Troxel), a new saddle pad and a pair of tights. Are 
the all purpose shaped pads better for endurance than the square pads? Should I 
also get one of those nylon/halter bridles? My horse eats fine in his regular 
snaffle bridle. Is there really a need for an attached halter? If you don't 
have 
a halter-bridle combo do you bring a halter along? Does your horse wear it 
under 
the bridle? Do you ride without your cavesson noseband? 

Should I also invest in a good stethascope? And are easyboots a "must have" 
item. My horse has been shod maybe 4 times in his whole life and he's evented 
barefoot. I don't think we'd need easyboots. What do you guys think?

Thanks so much. I really love eventing but we can't afford lessons or the entry 
fees right now. Endurance seems like the perfect goal I can work toward on my 
own and seems a little more affordable than other types of competitions. I'm 
very excited now!

Tamara

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