Category Archives: Friday’s Five

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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Five mini businesses equestrians can start to earn extra cash

  You do not have to be a full-time professional rider, groom, farrier, etc. to make money in the horse industry. Many riders find part-time summer jobs to help pay for their horse expenses. Skip waiting tables this summer and start up a mini-business instead. You will rake in some extra cash, while still spending all of your time around horses. These business ideas will help you earn more money so you can spend more on your horses: 5) Braiding at events – Instead of heading back to your hotel after you finish braiding your own horse, braid other people’s…

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Five ways to suck up to your trainer this competition season

  Being an instructor is not an easy job. Your coach works his/her behind off to help you achieve your riding goals. Coaches are responsible for many different riders and their horses. Teaching lessons, walking courses, warming people up at shows, planning other people’s competition schedules, doing barn chores and keeping an upbeat attitude at all times are just some of the jobs a coach does during an average day. Competition season is especially taxing on coaches. While most people enjoy their summer weekends hitting the beach, coaches are running around horse show grounds trying to keep their students in…

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Friday’s Five – Summer reads to take your riding to the next level

  Spending an afternoon reading and basking in the beautiful summer weather makes for a relaxing time. Don’t waste your time reading non-horsey books, instead use your reading time to make yourself a better rider. You can learn a huge amount about riding from simply reading quality horsey books, which is also cheaper than spending money on lessons. Enjoy some affordable lessons with the world’s best riders by reading these top books this summer:   1) Dressage with Kyra: The Kyra Kyrklund Training Method – This is one of the easiest dressage books to read and you can apply the information from this book in…

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Friday’s Five – Social media mistakes you need to QUIT making

  Social media is a necessary and a critical reality in the equestrian world. As a rider, social media can help or damage you. Knowing how to use it well can make a big difference in leveraging the power of it to get you more clients, sponsors and owners. Using it incorrectly can create an impression with the public that will be hard to reverse and damage your reputation. Here are five common mistakes that I often see riders making. If you are committing any of these social media sins, stop today. 1. Failing to separate personal and professional social…

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Friday’s Five – Tips for competing in comfort when your horse trailer lacks living-quarters

  Eventing is an outdoor sport; in between your rides, you cannot just go into a nice comfy dressing room to relax. At horse trials, you are pretty much stuck at your trailer. Some people are fortunate and own a trailer with posh living-quarters but I have never been one of those riders. Although owning a fancy trailer may seem more convenient, there are also more affordable ways to live a life of luxury at events. Here are five tips to make your 2017 competition season the most comfortable one to date: 1) Pack yummy food: At most events horse…

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Friday’s Five – Things you need to know before competing at a CCI event

  Competing at a CCI is a huge accomplishment in itself. By the time you make it to a CCI you have spent countless hours in the saddle training and have probably shed some blood, sweat and tears on your journey to this riding milestone. CCI events are a true test of a horse’s fitness because the cross-country courses are more challenging and longer than at horse trials or CIC events. And let’s not forget that a top placing at a CCI makes for serious bragging rights and many events at this level now feature a healthy amount of prize money. There are few…

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Friday’s Five – Must haves at an event cool down

  As you gallop over the cross-country finish line at either a CCI of CIC a team of veterinarians will meet you to monitor your horse’s cool down. They will check your horse’s heart rate, temperature and overall condition and they will keep rechecking your horse until it is fit to go back to the stables. Your horse deserves the best care possible after running and jumping its butt off on cross-country. Your job as the rider is to provide the perfect cool down for your noble steed. Make sure you have these supplies ready at the cool down area…

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