Category Archives: Riders

She chose Eventing University – A mother’s woe

So school began earlier this month for many students and another year is beginning without my daughter in University. I am learning to accept that the life I dreamed for her was my dream, not hers. The leverage I held over her head for years seems kind of silly now, “If your marks drop below 90 percent say good bye to your horses.” She is a smart girl and her marks never gave me a reason to get rid of the horses. She graduated high school with a 93% average, and scholarships were hers for the choosing. At this milestone…

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Rider Connect: Katlyn Hewson

Rider Connect brings you another dedicated Eventing athlete.  Today’s spotlight is on Canada’s Katylyn Hewson who won the Ontario Open Intermediate Championships at Will O’Wind, the venue that the Pan Ams were held at earlier this year.    Get to know Katlyn I live in Caledon East, Ontario at Wolf Run Farm with my fiancée, Karl Slezak, and our dog Clyde. I am originally from Minden, Ontario where my parents still live with all of my retired horses! I graduated form Seneca College in 2007 as veterinary technician. I am currently not working in that field right now in order to concentrate…

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The best method for feeding and buying hay

Being in the hay business, especially in central Florida, you encounter a lot of well-meaning, but ill-educated horse owners buying hay. Hay is like green gold around here, with prices fluctuating somewhere between “Arm” and “Leg” for anything that’s of decent quality. So it goes to figure that horse owners should want the best bang for their buck. Unfortunately, many of their buying decisions are sadly mis-guided and show a lack of understanding. Even worse, trying to educate them is an exercise of frustration and futility. Here’s the thing, horse owners: You should be feeding your horses by WEIGHT, not…

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A basic trotting jump exercise to add to your playbook

Do you hate trotting fences? Me too. At least on most horses. It’s so much easier to be in sync with the horse over a fence when you canter on approach, as a jump is nothing more than an exaggerated canter stride. However, trotting fences is an important skill that should be practiced by everyone, even Advanced horses and riders. For beginning riders and green horses, trotting in slows things down, allowing more time to process the obstacle and organize all body parts to negotiate the jump successfully. A spooky horse may feel more confident approaching from the trot, so…

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10 reasons why Eventers need to buy round bales

Heather Maytham is an eventer and she has round bales of hay for sale. We all know round bales of Florida hay are not suitable for feeding high performance horses but she has some other appealing uses for them… You may be thinking, “Shucks! I have no use for such a thing.” In reality, there are almost limitless possibilities for our round bales…. 10 things to do with round bales even if you don’t have cows or livestock: 1. Create an obstacle course and practice for American Ninja Warrior. 2. Make a huge cross country jump. You aren’t gonna get to…

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Dressage judge comments scribes did write – Part 7

WARNING: Uncensored language. But all in fun. People from all over the world read, Tuesday’s Top 10 – Dressage judge comments scribes were NOT allowed to write. Many of our readers shared comments that HAVE actually made it onto dressage tests, Dressage judge comments scribes did write,  Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 and Part 6. There have been so many colourful dressage judge comments, we have enough gems for a series. The dressage judges who let their scribes write these comments, certainly were not sugarcoating anything. Thank-you to all the riders who shared these hilarious, real life comments. Despite what a  judge writes on your test, this…

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11 simple tips to help you pull your horse’s mane better

How is it that the horses all look great, and then one day all of a sudden they look like shaggy monsters? Over the last week, I have turned into a mane-pulling fiend, and my horses have gone from looking one step away from a plow, to the respectable former/future/current show animals they are. Here are a few mane pulling tricks I’ve learned over the years to make the dreaded chore a little easier: If the mane is already pretty thin (I LOVE those horses!) and just scraggly, use an old, dull body clipper blade to tease, fray, and cut…

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I love contests and I found one that you can enter today

I am a competitive person and I also appreciate free stuff so contests are my thing. I have recently discovered that Flair Strips has a contest underway that anyone can enter. In honour of Flair Strips’ ongoing sponsorship of the United States Eventing Association American Eventing Championships, Flair LLC and Horse & Rider/Trafalgar Square Books are giving away Two FLAIR® Equine Nasal Strips and a copy of Phillip Dutton’s Modern Eventing (a $39.95 value) and a copy of Emma Ford & Cat Hill’s World Class Grooming (a $39.95 value) to two lucky winners who will receive either one or the…

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Understanding horse body language – Translation guide

Horses unfortunately cannot communicate to us using words so they use their body language to express things to us. Help understand what your horse is trying to tell you with this translation guide:   Body language: Your horse goes ballistic when you try to pull its mane and/or tail. Translation: I’m not into this type of kink…   Body language: Your horse ‘accidentally’ hits you in the face while it swishes at flies and you try to tack it up. Translation: Shoo owner, don’t ride me   Body language: Your horse steps on your foot wile you are out grazing…

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Tuesday’s Top 10 – Clues that Michael Jung is an alien

WARNING: Only read if you have a sense of humour Check in every Tuesday for our Top 10 list that could feature just about anyone or anything related to Eventing. No rider, owner, coach, or nation is off limits.   Tuesday’s Top 10 – Clues that Michael Jung is an alien 10. His favourite movie is E.T. 9. He has been heard on many occasions saying he wants to “Phone home.” 8. When he was a little boy and his friends were playing with trucks and cars, he was playing with spaceships. 7. The German government is part of the cover-up. This is not…

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