Category Archives: Riders

Time to complete your 2015 competition season report card

National, provincial and area championships are nearing and the 2015 summer competition season has come to an end. Did you successfully make that upgrade you were aiming to do this year? Did you qualify for championships? Have you made the amount of progress in your riding and horse’s training that you were striving for this year? Now is the time to reflect on your year so you can ensure that next year is even more successful. Hitting a plateau is frustrating – no matter how much time you spend in the saddle you just cannot make the progress you would…

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Why selfish Eventers are happier and more successful

I have noticed that there are two types of Eventers. I am not going to start naming names but I think you will be able to quickly assess what riders belong in each group. The unselfish group: This group is large and does okay but I would not consider them the most successful in terms of riding results or business savvy. They are friendly and kind, but they tend to not be as happy. They are very helpful but they are also complainers. They are not as confident and don’t bask in a glow of satisfaction when it comes to…

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How to be a perfect Working Student – 13 step guide

  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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Are horses predictable? Take the test.

There’s a popular saying, I’m sure you’ve heard it before: “Horses are unpredictable.” There is some truth to that, but I’m going to argue that many times, they are entirely predictable and their behaviour is not random. Let’s see if you agree. Take the following test below and see if you can “predict” the outcome of each situation. If horses are truly unpredictable, the answers below would all have the same chance of being correct. But I think you’ll be able to guess what really happens…   Equine Predictability Test 1.  You have a really nice horse: 100% sound, good…

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Friday’s Five – Apps riders need

Being a rider is not an easy lifestyle. But thanks to these apps you can make your horse life go much smoother. I use a minimum of one or two of these apps on a daily basis and they make my life so much simpler.   Here are five apps that every rider needs: 1. MyFitnessPal – This is the fastest and easiest-to-use calorie counting app available in the App Store. Why do riders need this? By monitoring your calorie intake and how many calories you burn through exercise, you can make wiser health choices on a daily basis. Riders are athletes so…

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WHAT? WHY?? AND I THOUGHT YOU WERE USELESS.

WARNING: Uncensored language. But all in fun.   Horses have a really annoying habit of almost always proving you wrong or showing you up at inconvenient moments. People say things like ‘they have no deductive reasoning’, but this is patently total arse. They are always teaching us, no doubt about it – but it’s usually lessons like ‘you need to work overtime every day because I’m sensitive and can only wear rugs made by Faberge’. Occasionally though, they teach us something useful. Things like ‘don’t judge a really thick and stupid book by its beautiful if moronic cover’. My mother…

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Why put in the hours? – Earning credibility and opportunities through Pony Club

Besides a satisfying sense of accomplishment, what drives pony clubbers to achieve their upper level ratings? Why spend thousands of hours and dollars on educating yourself on riding and knowledge? In short, when you tell someone you are a B or an A, why does that matter? So what? First and foremost, the upper level ratings give young riders and horsepeople credibility in the horse world. When examiners judge an A candidate on their riding, tact, and horsemanship, they ultimately ask themselves: would I leave my uneducated 4-year-old horse in their hands to train? Likewise, at the H-A, when evaluating…

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Five things my horse can learn from my cat

Here are five things my horse can learn from my cat:   1. Cleanliness is next to Godliness.  Have you ever seen a cat covered in mud?  Me neither.  Cats spend 40% of their waking lives bathing themselves.  Who knew spit and paws could keep a coat looking so shiny?  Tell that to my horse next time he uses his poop pile for a pillow.   2. Patience is key. How does a cat get what he wants?  He waits.  Whether it’s stalking a mouse or ambushing an unsuspecting human foot, the cat knows that patience is rewarded.  Horses, on the…

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Competing against the best – Why it’s a blessing, not a curse

I’ve heard many people moan about the fact that they’ve been put in the same division as Marilyn Little or Phillip Dutton. They complain, “How do I have a chance at being competitive against medalists who ride and compete horses for a living?” “ I am never going to beat Cooley Much-More-Talented-Than-You or RF I-Win-Every-Event-In-Which-I’m-Entered!” They are probably right! They likely won’t beat the top riders, but that is no reason not to gain something from the experience. Here’s the thing: nice horses can produce good results to an extent, but good riding produces great results consistently. Watching good riding…

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Revolutionize your fitness work and trail rides with this App

A little over a year ago, I thought it would be a great idea to explore a local nature preserve and check out the riding trails.  Looking at the large billboard map at the trailhead, it seemed simple enough. My horse and I enjoyed a leisurely walk through the woods, when we came to a trail junction. Guessing at what I remembered from the map, I turned right. What followed was two hours of blood-sucking horse flies, a dozen more “Y” intersections, flooded swampy paths, and I ended up in the middle of nowhere, which was kindly NOT shown on…

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