Category Archives: Riders

Taking care of basics with your OTTB before your first ride

Photo by CANTER KY. Used with permission.

  My recent article, “What you should know before your OTTB’s first ride off the track” spawned some great discussion from the audience.  First of all, I’m glad it was helpful to so many of you!  Taking in those comments, I thought it might be useful to back up and provide some insight on what to do before you get on: basic handling and tack choices, for instance. As far as daily handling goes, most OTTBs are just like any other horse.  Some of them are sensitive and flighty, others are quiet and dead-broke about life; it depends on the horse’s…

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Rider Connect from Bit of Britain: Haley Provencher

Haley Provencher and American Tribute

   Rider Connect sponsor: Bit of Britain has been a trusted source for quality horse tack and equestrian clothing since 1987. Today’s featured rider is Haley Provencher, a junior rider from California who is aiming to move up to Preliminary this year. If you would like to be featured in Rider Connect, email me.   Get to know Haley I am a 16-year-old Area 6 eventer who lives in Woodland, CA I am a junior in high school. I began my riding career when I was 8-years-old. Whenever we would go to fairs, I would spend hours riding the little ponies that walked…

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Friday’s Fashion – Custom halters to keep your horse looking stylish

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  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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What you need to know before your OTTB’s first ride off the track

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  Each year, lots of racing thoroughbreds find their way into new homes and new careers. There are two schools of thought when a horse steps off the racetrack: turn ‘em out, or get on with riding Prior to my experience in the Thoroughbred industry, I was a member of the “turn ‘em out” crowd. I figured it would be best for the horse to “detox” and enjoy a month or more of turnout, relaxing and just being a horse. I assumed all the horse knew was running, and I wanted to put some distance (time) between that association before…

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

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  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

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  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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Tuesday’s Top 10 – Online courses every Eventer NEEDS to take

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  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. Remember: “Life is a tragedy for those who feel and a comedy for those who think.”   10. “How to dress for the soup kitchen – so you cannot be identified as a rider.” 9. “The big choice: Health or disability insurance when you can only afford one.” 8. “How to marry rich.” Includes the bonus course – “Coping strategies when your rich…

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Braiding for the lazy eventer in eight quick and easy steps

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  I’m going to be honest here, I HATE braiding. I never liked it when I was a kid and now that I am in my twenties, I still despise it. I have never paid someone to braid for me because that seems like a waste of money. Braiding isn’t hard, it can just be time consuming and monotonous. I have spent over 10 years working on my braiding skills and methods to do it QUICKLY and without my horses looking like they were braided by a toddler. I can do a polished braid job in under 20 minutes and best of all, these…

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Rider Connect from Bit of Britain: Madi Hunter

Madi Hunter and Jack Sparrow.

   Rider Connect sponsor: Bit of Britain has been a trusted source for quality horse tack and equestrian clothing since 1987. Today’s featured rider is Madi Hunter, a young rider who is working towards competing at a four-star in the future. If you would like to be featured in Rider Connect, email me.   Get to know Madi I am 19-years-old and I have been riding since I was six! My parents signed me up for a summer camp at a riding to keep me busy, and I haven’t looked back since! I am from Chevy Chase, Maryland and currently work at Waredaca…

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