Author Archives: Ema Klugman

Six tips to assess a horse’s record before you buy

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  You are looking to buy or lease a new horse. How do you consider its competition record? Before you think about going to try a horse, you should look up its record. This will save you time and travel expenses because it will give you a gauge to whether or not the horse is suited to your goals. The horse will have a published record if it has competed at recognized shows; if it has only done schooling shows you should request the results of such competitions from the owner. In the U.S., you can the find public results…

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Introducing angled fences to horses in six simple steps

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  Angled fences show up on almost every upper level cross country course around the world. Even if you are currently at the novice level, it’s important to start introducing this concept to yourself and your horse so that you are comfortable with it in the future. A few things to remember about angling fences—you don’t have to be a rider to realize these, you just have to think mathematically. First, when you angle a fence you make it wider. If the table is three feet wide when you jump it perpendicularly, then it may be four or five feet…

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Pretty and effective – How you can be both in the saddle

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  Along with a few billion other people, last week I made new year’s resolutions. Like them, I made a few generic resolutions: exercising more, eating meat only a few days a week, limiting my time on social media, becoming more empathetic and a better listener. But I also made another one: to become a prettier rider. There are those people just look beautiful on a horse: they have long legs that seem to fall without effort into place, gorgeous posture, lengthy arms. They look like they were meant to sit on one. Their position comes easily, swiftly, to them….

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Eight ways to cut costs at horse shows in 2017

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  Eventing, like all pursuits involving the fickle, fragile four-leggeds we all love, isn’t cheap. Here are some ways to make competing in this sport easier on your cheque book: 1) Plan your schedule and enter early. Almost all recognized events charge a late fee if you enter after the closing date. You can avoid paying this $50 (sometimes more) if you plan your calendar carefully. Make sure to write down not only the dates of the shows, but their respective opening and closing dates. (Some shows even have “early bird discounts” that are $50 less than the regular entry…

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LandSafe aims to reduce number of catastrophic falls in Eventing

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  Danny Warrington, former steeplechase jockey and international event rider, has been studying horse sports for almost his whole life. He has trained riders and horses alike to the upper levels, and now he is working to make a difference in eventing safety worldwide. Along with his wife Keli, a former gymnast, Danny has launched the program LandSafe, which aims to save lives, reduce injuries, and educate riders and parents about safety in eventing. According to Danny, the basic idea is to “land safely over every fence” and when things go awry, to have the tools to “land safely when…

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A simple strategy for overcoming “rider’s block”

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  As riders, I think we all experience some form of “rider’s block” in our day-to-day or competitive riding. It may be getting stuck with a particular aspect of training, or not being able to explain a concept to our horses. I had a discussion at university with a friend a few days ago about different writing processes. We talked about careful outlines, hasty drafts written and re-written, and thesis statements perfected before writing the body of the essay. Then another strategy came up. He said someone had once told him to write the entire essay, copy and paste the…

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Four awesome ideas on how to thank your trainer for another great year

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  It’s the holiday season, as Americans like to say, and the festivities have begun. Families are getting together, friends are spending time with one another, and people are reflecting on their year. Though not everyone exchanges presents at this time of year, it can be a nice gesture to show your appreciation for your trainer if you feel inclined to. After all, your trainer probably helped you improve this year. She might have helped you move up a level, or given your horse valuable education. She probably watched you jump some great rounds, and probably sighed when you forgot…

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Are you participating in No-stirrup November? Tips to start today or anytime to make you a more solid rider.

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  It’s that time of year again! We can thank the language nerds out there for exploiting the power of alliteration to create powerful slogans. No-stirrup November can be thirty days of hell for every rider. Here are some tips to make it less painful and more effective in the long-run. In fact, riding with no-stirrups should be part of your training all year. Start gradually Ideally, we would all remember to ride without stirrups once or twice a week every week of the year. I, for one, often forget to. We get wrapped up in preparing for competitions, or…

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Your ticket to the 2024 Olympics – Check out the Goresbridge select sale of eventers

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  Goresbridge Go For Sold Sale: [Website] [Catalogue] [Performance footage] Over the next couple of weeks, the writers at www.eventingconnect.today are going to share their wishlists from the Goresbridge Go For Gold Select Sale of Eventers. There are some very interesting prospects and we invite you to check out the catalogue and share what you look for in a new horse. Which of these mounts would you want in your barn? Email me your choice and explain why? One of my favourite horses at the 2016 Goresbridge Go For Gold sale is Lot 021 – A Sportsfield Rio. Given his name, this 4 year-old…

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Future 2024 Olympic medal winner – Check out the Goresbridge select sale of eventers

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  Goresbridge Go For Sold Sale: [Website] [Catalogue] [Performance footage] Over the next couple of weeks, the writers at www.eventingconnect.today are going to share their wishlists from the Goresbridge Go For Gold Select Sale of Eventers. There are some very interesting prospects and we invite you to check out the catalogue and share what you look for in a new horse. Which of these mounts would you want in your barn? Email me your choice and explain why? The horse on my Christmas wishlist is Lot 03 – RCA Patron Saint. He is a 5-year-old gelding and is impressive in many…

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