Category Archives: Missed it?

When the going gets tough, keep riding through it

naughty dressage

  Let’s face it: horses will be horses.  We can have wonderful rides at home: relaxed, rhythmic, forward, and obedient…but sometimes when we step foot in public, that’s not what happens.  It can be frustrating, for sure– we know we have a wonderful horse and we want everyone else to see him that way.  Sometimes horses sense this pressure we have to do well in front of a crowd, and things go from bad to worse. What is there to do?  Ride through it.  Embrace the notion that your horse isn’t perfect, that riding isn’t perfect, that life isn’t perfect.  Do…

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Three Lakes Horse Trials show jumping and cross-country action – Gallery

Ellie O'Neal & Get A Clue

  Over the weekend, the ‘Ocalaian’ eventers ventured down to Goveland, Florida to contest at Three Lakes H.T. This is only Three Lakes second year running an event, but it has quickly become one of many eventers’ favourites. From the scenic lakes in the background to the friendly staff, this event is definitely one you should add to your calendar in the future. Their second 2017 event is running on February 25th-26th, remember to send your entry in before the closing date (February 7th)! Check out and share these photos from the Preliminary show jumping and cross-country. Feel free to republish them and use them…

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One straightforward way to boost your performance in all three phases

IMG_3557 Sable Devil Munchkin

  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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Last Week TODAY

Photo via @benhobday on Instagram.

  Catch up on interesting tidbits that you might have missed last week. We work hard to catch all the good stuff so you don’t have to.   Posing outside the palace #SouthAfrica #SunCity #TheLostPalace #LivingTheDream #TanMan #HoneyMoon #Yehboi A photo posted by Ben Hobday (@benhobday) on Jan 15, 2017 at 6:37am PST   Practicing my dressage moves in the tractor this morning to get the arena going. More tea required. #iceicebaby — Bruce Haskell (@kiwieventer) January 14, 2017   A photo posted by E KING (@emilykingg_) on Jan 12, 2017 at 1:50pm PST   4 year old approved stallion…

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

Abstract closeup of truck getting refuel in gas station

  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 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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Unclutter your riding life in 2017 – Get rid of these things before the end of the month

Beautiful Clean Stable  Horse Barn

  Quit being a hoarder of horsey things. It is time that you remove the stuff from your tack room, horse trailer and house that you no longer use. This purge will free you from clutter and it will also be good for your mental health and perhaps even your wallet. Here are the things that need to go straight into the trash: 1) Broken tack that is either not worth the money to fix or is beyond repair. Quit telling yourself that one-day you will be happy that you have a martingale that is snapped in half. If you…

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12 reasons we could never live without horses


  Equestrians live for horses. We are all completely horse crazy and not afraid to admit it. The occasional non-horsey person might judge you for dedicating your entire life savings and every second of your free time to horses. But without horses, our lives would be so lame that we could not possibly survive. This is why equestrians cannot live without horses… 1) Hugging another person is not as emotionally satisfying. Merry Christmas Eve from Crackers and I! ❤⛄️❄️ #merrychristmas#horse#equestrian#equus#equine#horseriding#horseback#horsebackriding#horserider#horsebackrider#horsehug#bond#horsebond A photo posted by Hope ❤️200 Fluffy Unicorns❤️ (@hopefully_riding15) on Dec 24, 2016 at 9:09am PST   2) Wins are…

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