Category Archives: Friday’s Five

Friday’s Five – Tips to gain the most out of every riding lesson

  Riding lessons are never free. Depending on which coach you are working with and your arrangements with him/her, the price of a single lesson can range from days of hard labor as a working student to over $100 a pop. You need to gain the most out of every lesson to improve as a rider without going broke. Remember, your coach is not your babysitter. Do not be pay your coach to simply supervise your rides a few times a week and then ride around aimlessly the rest of the time. Even if you can afford to ride with…

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Five fall reads to turn you into a dressage star before 2018

  Fall is the perfect time of year to curl up by the fire with a pumpkin spice something or other and read a good book. But why waste your precious time reading a book that isn’t horse-related? Improve your dressage for next season by taking affordable lessons from the world’s greatest dressage riders by reading their excellent books. Take advantage of your reading time and turn yourself into a dressage queen (or king) with these top books: 1) Dressage with Kyra: The Kyra Kyrklund Training Method – This is one of the easiest dressage books to read and you can…

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Friday’s Five – Horse show prizes that would be a major hit

  Event organizers do not have to break the bank giving out prize money (although riders would love money!). Eventers are actually quite easy to please and our expectations are incredibly low. We would be happy with prizes that are useful and not necessarily expensive. If competitors can utilize the prize they win, it leaves them with a positive lasting impression of the event. For the riders that do not win, they also have an appreciation for useful prizes. It will bring us back year after year, as long as cool prizes are up for grabs. Here are five useful…

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Friday’s Five – Makeup tips for dressage day

Female eventers tend to not wear makeup to the barn but on dressage day most of us love to look our best. At events we are usually tight for time, so it is important that you have your makeup organized and that you know exactly what you are doing. Sorry boys, this post is not really for you…but there are a couple of tips about skin and lips that you may want to pay attention to. 1. Wear a foundation with SPF – A nice foundation will make your complexion look absolutely flawless and having an SPF in it will…

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Friday’s Fashion – Rain boots to own the dreary weather

  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… Fall just around the corner and with this time of year comes rain. Lots…

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Five games that will make equestrian road trips a blast

  Riders and their support crew go on notoriously long road trips with their horses in tow, almost year round. You have probably been through the stages of a boring road trip: 1) Everyone is excited and talking about his or her goals for the upcoming competition. 2) No one has anything left to say so someone plugs in their iPod, this turns into a truck dance party? 3) Too tired for a dance party, staring out the window in total silence 4) Are we there yet? 5) No one makes sense; passengers are just saying random things to keep…

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Friday’s Five – Steps to the perfect forelock braid

  There is nothing worse than a bad forelock braid. As wonderful as unicorns are, it is best that your horse does not have a forelock braid that resembles a horn. Forelock braids are tricky because you cannot braid the forelock the same as the rest of the mane and horses rarely stand still when you are attempting this special braid. Luckily with these foolproof steps your horse can sport the best forelock braid at the event. Here are the five steps to a perfect forelock braid: 1. Tame that forelock. Like your horse’s mane, its forelock should also be…

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Friday’s Five – Horsey charities you should consider supporting

  Charities do heaps of good work for our world. Many horsey charities in the world are making a difference for horses, riders and people that need some extra help in life. You don’t even have to donate money to make a positive impact on the horse world. If you are in the philanthropic mood here are some worthy charities and ways you can support the horse world… 1) Brooke action for working horses and donkeys: Brooke is an international animal welfare charity working to improve the lives of working horses, donkeys, mules and the people who depend on them….

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Five things to help sore riders

  Riding and working with horses is not easy on your body. Regardless of how fit or young you are, chances are you probably have experienced some form of soreness as a result of riding. Whether it was a good hard fall or a lousy pair of breeches rubbing your thighs off – pain sucks. Combat all forms of soreness with the help of these five things: 1) Anti-monkey butt powder: Okay, so the name of this product is slightly hilarious and may be offputting to some people. But it works wonders preventing and soothing all forms of rubs caused…

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Friday’s Five – Tips and tricks to take your riding to the next level

  As an eventer, you will always have an insatiable desire to become better. Why? Because no matter how great you are there will always be room for improvement – that is the nature of sport. So make the most out of 2017 and be the best eventer you possibly can become this season with these tips and tricks that you start applying to your training immediately: 1) Easy fixes to improve your dressage score: The two most common, yet easy to fix mistakes that riders make in the dressage ring are: riding lousy halts; and cutting corners (literally!). Score an 8,…

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