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ONLY equestrians have these 12 skills – Sponsored by Back on Track

  Back on Track products are great for muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints. Products for horses, dogs and people. Visit www.backontrackproducts.com   Equestrians are only human but we have certain skills that ordinary non-horsey people lack. Although some of these skills are slightly useless outside of the horse world, they are still really impressive. And there are a few skills that equestrians possess that give us a real one-up in numerous aspects of our lives. Clearly, equestrians should rule the world because we are pretty skilful people. These 12 skills are just some of the many abilities that ONLY equestrians…

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Six SIMPLE ways to keep your horse healthier – Sponsored by MD Barnmaster

  MD Barnmaster is the leader in custom designed barns, horse housing, professional equestrian facilities, horse stalls, modular buildings and barn accessories. Build A Better Barn. Contact MD Barnmaster today.   As a horse owner or rider, your number one priority is your horse’s health and well-being. Many horse people use a variety of pricey methods in efforts to keep their horses in prime condition. These range from joint injections to supplements to laser therapy to chiropractic appointments. Although these things can all be beneficial to your horse’s health, there are a variety of straightforward and cost-free ways you can ensure…

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Why Eventing NEEDS schooling events

  Eventing is a tough sport to start competing in compared to other riding disciplines. There are three very different, but equally important phases that you and your horse have to be able to master. With each of these three phases, comes a completely different set of rules. Some new eventers are fortunate to be partnered with a mount that has been there and done that. However, the majority of riders face their Eventing initiations on horses that are also new to the sport. Many sanctioned events in North America offer low-level divisions but competing at these events comes with…

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Fashion Alert – Sporty gloves for whatever Mother Nature throws your way

  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… Gloves can make or break your performance in the saddle. Don’t let your horse…

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How to improve your cross-country riding by thinking like a Course Designer

  How often do you hear riders while looking at fences while walking cross-country say “What was the course designer thinking?” Not often enough. The job of course designers is to design questions that riders of that level are able to answer. They are not evil human beings who thrive off of setting up fences that are nearly impossible to jump just to trick out innocent riders. Course designers really want their courses to ride safely, give both horses and riders confidence and promote excellent riding. I attended the two-day Equine Canada 2015 Senior Course Design Forum with Mike Etherington-Smith…

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Rider alert: Pairs to watch at Rebecca Farm this weekend – Sponsored by Back on Track

  Great for muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints. Products for horses, dogs and people. Visit www.backontrackproducts.com   Connect with the Rebecca Farm action this weekend: [Omnibus] [Website] [Times/Results]   This weekend, numerous talented pairs will be competing at The Event at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Montana. Four regular FEI divisions are running – a CCI3*, CIC3*, CCI2* and CCI1*. This event is also hosting the North American Junior Young Rider Championships, so there will be a Junior Championship CCI1* division along with a Nations Cup Young Rider CIC2* division. Plus there are also horse trial divisions running from Novice all…

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Five perfect university and college options for equestrians

  The other week, I shared some career options for people looking to work in the horse industry. But what if you aspire to make a living by coaching, riding, selling horses and using other typical equestrian income streams? Many top riders did not pursue further education after attaining their high school degrees but plenty of pros are University graduates. You do not have to put your riding on hold when you go to school because there are numerous well-respected schools that offer horse-related programs. Learning about horses while still riding is an equestrian’s dream and it can be your reality….

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Follow this guide to become the world’s greatest Working Student

  You apply for a Working Student (WS) position with the rider who you have idolized for years and you get the job. You have fantasies about exercising their top horses and travelling with them to big events to help groom… But in reality, a WS mucks stalls, tacks up horses, washes horses, blankets horses, turns horses out, sets jumps, and performs various other unglamorous tasks. Nonetheless, being a WS is an opportunity that will teach you how top riders train and manage their entire operations. If you take on the job of being someone’s WS, you surely want to…

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Five flexibility exercises to improve your riding – Sponsored by MD Barnmaster

  MD Barnmaster is the leader in custom designed barns, horse housing, professional equestrian facilities, horse stalls, modular buildings and barn accessories. Build A Better Barn. Contact MD Barnmaster today. It doesn’t matter how much riding experience you have, you can always improve your performance in the saddle by increasing your physical fitness. Flexibility is a crucial part of every athlete’s fitness, including equestrians. By becoming more flexible, you will not only experience less soreness and injuries, but you will also move better in the saddle, sit more balanced and gain serious stickability. Start using these five effective flexibility exercises…

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One easy tip to improve your show jumping immediately – But DON’T use it on cross-country

  Competing in three different phases dressage, cross-country and show jumping requires Eventers to be well-rounded riders. Many of the same fundamentals and principles apply to all three phases. For example, you need to be able to ride your horse straight in dressage for movements such as the centerline. Your horse has to be straight on cross-country or else you will have run outs at narrow fences. Straightness is equally important in show jumping because drifting down lines messes up distances and a crooked horse is more likely to pull a rail. Although the basics apply for all of Eventing’s…

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