Author Archives: Sable Giesler

17 things you should focus on in 2017

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  We are nearly a full month into 2017 and it is time to put some things in place to make this the best year of your riding career thus far. By simply focusing on these 17 straightforward things throughout this year, you will set yourself up for oodles of success. So what are you waiting for? Here is an easy checklist to get the ball rolling for a great year: 1) Train your horse how to stand politely at the mounting block: Horses that don’t stand obediently at the mounting block are annoying and can even be dangerous. Spend…

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A simple jumping exercise that will give you lightening-quick reflexes

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  It is impossible to prepare yourself for every situation that you could possibly encounter when jumping a course. To be a successful rider you need to react quickly in the saddle. There is one other exercise that I find very useful to engage the right side of my brain – Jumping on command with unknown striding between the jumps. Ian Roberts, Canadian Olympian and one of my coaches taught me this exercise to establish better riding instinct for jumping. He found that my fixation with getting the ‘correct’ number of strides between jumps was hindering my riding. I was…

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Friday’s Five – Grooming products you cannot compete without

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  Trotting down centerline on an impeccably turned out horse will make a good impression on the dressage judge. Likewise, riding a horse that is groomed to the nines around the competition grounds will make you look like a more polished and professional rider. Plus your show photos will look all the more impressive if your horse is freakishly well turned out. If you want your horse to look Olympic-ready you have to use the right grooming products. Add these must-have products to your arsenal to ensure your horse is always in the front running for the ‘best turned out’…

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Friday’s Fashion – On sale breeches you need to order pronto

Photo via www.bitofbritain.com

  This series features fashion “must have” items for riders and their horses. Tune in every Friday with your (or your parents’ or your significant other’s) credit card in hand,  for some excellent fashion finds. Let’s bring style to the Eventing world!  I have not personally tested all of the featured products but the websites they are available through are reputable and I will not feature any products with negative reviews. If you own any of these products please share your to opinions so we can all find the best deals and look great… A girl can never have too many pairs of breeches. But dropping $200 a…

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One straightforward way to boost your performance in all three phases

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  Can improving just ONE aspect of your riding really boost your performance in all three phases of Eventing? Yes. If you want to notice rapid improvements this year, you need to start working on your accuracy. What do I mean by accuracy? I am referring to how precisely you can control your horse’s direction (steering), stride length and transition timing. Riding inaccurately will cost you marks in dressage, risk run outs on cross-country and drop rails in show jumping. Horses are not machines; they need a lot of training to be responsive enough to be ridden accurately. It is…

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10 fuel saving hacks for equestrians to save money during show season

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  I am always trying to save money. I live on a very tight budget and I like nice things and nice horses. I hate wasting money on anything, especially truck fuel. Last year, during the Florida season, gas hovered around $2.00 a gallon even spiking much lower a couple of times and it made me very happy. Every penny I save on fuel, I can put towards more lessons and enjoying Sushi night at Tony’s. Today in Ocala, I drove by gas stations trying to entice me in at $2.49. It made me want to puke. I started thinking…

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Motivational posters for Eventers

Photo credit to Doug Payne.

  Eventing is a tough sport and as an Eventer you have to know how to roll with the punches. Even the best in the world have had some low moments in their careers. There are some quotes that I have heard over the years, that have stuck with me and echo through my mind when I am feeling a bit down. We are a rare breed and these posters are just for you. Which one is your favourite?          

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Friday’s Five – Volunteer jobs that will take your riding to the next level

Even Mark Todd volunteers at events! Here he is working as a show jumping steward at the 2016 Dauntsey Park H.T. Photo via @kiwieventer on Twitter.

  Events are always in need of volunteers and although offering up your time to help others is considered a selfless act…volunteering at Events can actually be very beneficial to your riding. Here are some great opportunities for you to contribute to your sport but also take advantage of these interesting jobs to become a better rider. 1) Scribe: Sitting with a dressage judge all day and listening to them score and comment on dressage tests while you scribe is invaluable. You will gain a better understanding about what judges are looking for in a test so you can squeeze…

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Friday’s Fashion – Custom halters to keep your horse looking stylish

Photo via @perrisleather on Instagram.

  This series features fashion “must have” items for riders and their horses. Tune in every Friday with your (or your parents’ or your significant other’s) credit card in hand,  for some excellent fashion finds. Let’s bring style to the Eventing world!  I have not personally tested all of the featured products but the websites they are available through are reputable and I will not feature any products with negative reviews. If you own any of these products please share your to opinions so we can all find the best deals and look great… Make sure your horse arrives in style at competitions, wearing a top quality halter….

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The three best ways to become a better rider (that don’t require a horse)

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  Equestrians are constantly working towards becoming better riders. We spend huge amounts of time, effort and money on lessons, cross-country schooling, competitions, clinics, etc. It is important to focus on work in the saddle but you cannot overlook other aspects of your training and development. If you want to take your riding to the next level, you need to step up in these areas of your training: 1) Increasing your physical fitness: Your horse has a strict fitness regime, do you? You are an athlete and it is imperative that you are in top-notch physical condition. Riders need serious amounts of core strength, leg strength, flexibility,…

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