Category Archives: Riders

Be your own coach – Assessing why you had a bad jump

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  You land off of a jump and the first thing that crosses your mind is, “That was awful!” Clearly, you know that you must’ve messed something up because that jump was far from ideal but do you know what exactly caused the problem? Better yet, do you know how to prevent the problem from reoccurring at your next jump? Contrary to what you may tell yourself, your entire ride to the jump probably wasn’t all that bad. You more than likely just made one minor error that led to your horse jumping so poorly. If you want to be…

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Put your money where your riding goals are – Prioritize your spending

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  Equestrian sports are very expensive. Everything from your horse’s grain to show entry fees costs a small fortune. Odds are that you do not have unlimited funds to spend on your horses and training. If you want to succeed in this sport, you should spend your money wisely. It is way too easy to drop money on things in the horse world that will NOT further your riding goals. I have always tried to be extremely conscious how I spend my money and this has positively impacted my riding career. You too can improve your riding more rapidly by…

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Safety pet peeves – Seven risks you should not take

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  Maybe I’m just too paranoid, but there are a number of things that I witness riders do, that nearly give me a heart attack while I watch. Horses can be dangerous. They are 1200-pound animals that are relatively unpredictable because they are afraid of their own shadows. As a rider you consent to the risks that come along with horses because they are awesome and you could not imagine a life without them. However, there is no worse feeling than something bad happening that you know was preventable. Many riders never think that a freak accident will happen to…

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Friday’s Five – Online resources to up your Eventing game


  Modern technology is changing many aspects of the world, the horse world included. Gone are the days where the only way you could improve your riding and horsemanship was by learning from other riders and coaches at the barn. Now, you can also expand your horsey knowledge at home. The internet gives you access to a limitless wealth of horsey information. Check out these online resources to help you become a smarter horse person and rider. 1) Pro Equine Grooms –Behind the scenes of every top rider’s operation, grooms are hard at work keeping the barn running smoothly and ensuring the horses receive…

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Friday’s Fashion – Chic and MACHINE WASHABLE show jackets

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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. Bringing style to the Eventing world one Friday at a time!  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… Who has time to go the dry cleaners anymore?…

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Save money and clear clutter – 7 tips to host a successful ‘Tack Swap’

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  A few weeks ago, I shared tips on how to “Unclutter your riding life” by donating, selling and throwing away horsey items that you are no longer using. Another option you have is hosting a ‘tack swap’. This is an event where you and fellow riders get together and trade horsey items with one another. A tack swap is the perfect opportunity to quickly get rid of the things you do not need, while acquiring the things you desperately need at zero cost. Perhaps you’ve become a saddle pad hoarder but your bit collection is severely lacking; the good…

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You CANNOT substitute cross-country schooling with show jumping training

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  Eventing requires horses and riders to master dressage, show jumping and cross-country. Each week, we routinely work on our dressage schooling, show jumping, we do our gallop sets and hack but we do not get out to cross-country school on a regular basis.  Many of us train with pure dressage and show jumping coaches and not a pure cross-country coach. So why do you not practice cross-country more frequently? There are the obvious reasons like lack of access to cross-country schooling fields. I know that I am guilty of not regularly cross-country schooling when I had cross-country facilities at my…

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Being good at death – It’s part of the deal for horse owners


  Perhaps the hardest part of owning a horse, is losing a horse. Nobody escapes it. Sometimes, you get lucky and the horse does it for you. Mostly though, the decision to end life falls to the owner, and it’s one of the hardest calls any horse lover will have to make. I haven’t put pen to paper for a few weeks. I simply haven’t had anything worth saying, and my customary cynical humour has deserted me somewhat. On December 22nd, I said a last farewell to a horse that meant the world to me. This time, though, it wasn’t…

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Important notice for all Equestrian Canada sport licence holders

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  All Equestrian Canada (EC) Sport Licence Holders should be aware that the travel insurance program made available in 2016, as an EC Sport Licence benefit is no longer available for purchase. This program, which was formally underwritten by Berkley Canada and provided through Ingle Travel and BFL, was withdrawn from the marketplace due to product offer repositioning and changes to distribution methods. The program was presented as a multi-trip annual plan to expire after a period of one year. We recommend that all members who purchased this product review their letter of confirmation to confirm the expiry date. Please…

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Tuesday’s Top 10 – Horse thoughts that will leave you speechless

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  WARNING: Only read if you have a sense of humour Check in 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. When you pull my mane and tail, I fantasize about scalping you. 9. Sometimes I fake a limp because I have a crush on the vet. 8. I really do not give a rat’s ass when I pull down a rail; why does it bother you so…

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