Category Archives: Riders

Five simple steps to find the ideal bit for your horse

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  The perfect bit: is it out there? Where is it hiding? No matter your level, you want to find an appropriate bit for your horse that both maximizes the quality of his performance and permits you to have enough control to train and compete safely. Follow these steps in your bit search:  1)    Know what your end goal is. An appropriate bit will encourage the horse to connect to both reins evenly. It will also provide the rider with enough influence to turn and slow down in a safe manner. If you have a particular problem that you want your bitting choice to…

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12 GOOD habits that every rider should develop

The horse is galloping along the sand

  When equestrians think of ‘habits’ they usually think of bad ones such as looking down at the ground while riding. But there are many good habits that you should work on getting into as a rider. Making a conscious effort in your daily life to develop some simple good habits can transform you into a better rider and horseman. It will take a bit of time and commitment on your part to form these habits but you owe it to yourself and your horse(s) to form these habits… 1) Clean your tack. Daily. Not only will you look like…

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Save money and eat healthier – Homemade horse show food ideas

Skip packing junk food and try these easy and tasty recipes for your next show.

  Horse show food is not usually the tastiest, it is rarely healthy and it is always overpriced. Instead of spending money on dreadful horse show food this season, you should make your own. It can be quick and simple to prepare your own food and bring it to your events. Try these easy and delicious recipes this competition season (to view the full recipes, simply click on the pictures or bolded text below):   Caprese sandwich with parsley pesto: This gourmet sandwich is unbelievably simple to make. It is the perfectly refreshing meal for hot horse show days. You can either whip this…

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Tuesday’s Top 10 – Reasons most riders are single

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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.”   Tuesday’s Top 10 - Reasons most riders are single 10. Manure is not a sexy fragrance. 9. Your whip and spurs scare potential lovers off. 8. You once suggested to your boyfriend that you could help him lose weight by lunging him. 7. Clucking in the bedroom is considered rude. 6. Your last partner gave…

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Insanely beautiful barns that will have you dreaming

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  Most riders dream of one day owning a barn. Even a small barn will a suffice. We just want to live on the same property and care for our equine partners. But why just dream of owning an average barn? These insanely beautiful barns will have you dreaming big and buying lottery tickets on the weekly… Which one is your favourite? What would your dream barn look like?   Taking full advantage of the last days of summer riding. This custom home includes multiple stables and a full scale equestrian center. #stablelife #horselove #reclaimedwood A post shared by Faure…

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An improbable prospect becomes a dream horse – Boris

Tracy J Stembridge & Boris

  Eventing Connect writer, Christa Dillon shared her story about an improbable horse that became her dream horse. This has inspired some of our readers to share their stories about their dream horses that were originally improbable prospects.  Email us to share your story about an improbable prospect turned dream horse. Tracy J Stembridge, shares her story about a polo pony she found six years ago who has turned into an FEI show jumper… My story began 6 years ago in Dubai. I was working as yard manager for a riding school/livery yard. The previous manager owned two horses and was subsidizing…

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Rider Connect from Bit of Britain: Juliana Reed

Juliana Reed & Le Salvan

   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 Juliana Reed, is a junior rider who is successfully competing at the Preliminary level. If you would like to be featured in Rider Connect, email me.   Get to know Juliana I am 16-years-old and live in Petaluma, California. I began doing summer pony camps when I was seven. My mom kept trying to convince me to do Western but I was only interested in jumping. I’ve been Eventing for about five years now and I just completed…

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The #1 pet peeve of horse sellers – Don’t be ‘that’ person

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  When you have a horse for sale, inevitably you have to deal with tire-kickers, my-little-pony kids, and Nigerian scammers. The scammers are pretty easy to recognize and mark as spam. The tire-kickers and kids can be time wasters, but if they are polite and honest, I patiently respond with details, photos, and video. You never know who they know, so as a seller, you should always reply politely and promptly. But that doesn’t make it any less frustrating when clueless queries flood your inbox. My #1 pet peeve is buyers who are too lazy to read the ad thoroughly (I find…

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14 very obvious horse facts that will make you strangely happy

Horse In The Stable

  Horses are the best creatures on the planet. If you are a horse owner or enthusiast you will know this. The joy that horses can bring people is unparalleled. Equestrians are willing to spend every dime they make on this sport because there is nothing that could bring more happiness. If you ever have any doubts about why you invest so much of your life into horses, just remember these 14 obvious facts: Dinosaur kisses #cwd #cwdDinosaur #horseNose #pasorobles #horseshow #californialand #happy #ilikehorses #2GsHorse #cuddlemuffins A post shared by ocoolahan (@ocoolahan) on Mar 8, 2017 at 6:42pm PST  …

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When an improbable prospect becomes your dream horse…

Christa and Sunshine.

  I have often heard it said that we don’t find horses, but rather they find us. Occasionally a horse will fall into your hands, and you will instinctively know that this one is different. This one is a game changer. This one was meant for you. And so it is that I own Sunshine. In 2014, a good friend of mine told me that she had mare for sale that she had bred. Described as a plain but nice sort, the horse seemed to loose jump reasonably well on video and so I went to see her. She was…

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