Author Archives: Beth Clymer

You’re not a bad horse mom (or dad) and here’s why

  Everyone, at some point, has had a moment where they thought to themselves: “I’m a bad horse mom.” Perhaps it was as you followed your loose horse around with a halter and leadrope as it tore around the showgrounds in the middle of everyone’s dressage tests. Maybe it was when you missed a deworming. But hey. You are a good horse mom (or dad), and let me tell you why. When your gelding was hurting, you got the saddle reflocked for his sore back. When your horse colicked, you spent thousands to save his life with surgery. When your…

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An important friendly reminder: Do your damn dressage!

  Dressage gets a bad rap in Eventing Land. If you, like many others out there, would happily vote to chuck that phase out of competition altogether, please allow me, dear reader, to lovingly and gently admonish you: knock that shit off. A solid dressage education is vital to any eventer worth their salt. Before we begin, lest anyone accuse me of being a covert dressage queen, allow me to paint a picture for you: I’m an actual human potato who rides a (lovely, intelligent, brave) OTTB with a slight hitch in his giddy-up. He trots like a geriatric pony,…

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Don’t be that guy – Equestrian edition

  Eventers are a pretty awesome bunch: tough, talented, and maybe a little insane. They’re quick to lend a hand – or a stud kit – to those in need, and I like to think the eventing community sets a high bar for camaraderie amongst competitors. That being said, we can all still afford to execute a quick self-check from time to time to avoid being “that (gender neutral) guy.” Everyone knows a “that guy,” and as the familiar old trope goes, if you don’t know one, then you’re it. Read on for a few examples you might see around…

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Fractures, more fractures and surgeries – Horse ownership is testing

  In the Beginning, there was naivete I gazed out the passenger window, my eyes the size of saucers. Waves of excitement and anxiety washed over me in turns. My then trainer Halliea was in the driver’s seat, hauling my brand new project horse home. He was a big athletic three-year-old right off the track, and though we had high hopes for him, we had no idea how broke he actually was. She shared my excitement but offered me a colloquial little prophecy that fate has never allowed me to forget: “You’re going to have a long row to hoe…

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16 Things that are just the WORST: Equestrian edition

  Riding and working with horses is not an easy business. Sure, we all tell ourselves we love horses so much that they are worth all the painful moments. And deep down, we know this is true. But there are still some things about the equestrian life that are just the worst… What things do you find just the worst? Email them to sable@eventingconnect.today. 1) When you’re running late to your lesson (again).   2) When all you can find is two right gloves.   3) When you watch your brand new helmet fall off its perch and hit the…

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Five ways to save time at the barn without making any sacrifices – Sponsored by MD Barnmaster

  MD Barnmaster is the leader in custom designed barns, horse housing, professional equestrian facilities, horse stalls, modular buildings and barn accessories. Build A Better Barn. Contact MD Barnmaster today. There is a place where time goes to die. In fact, there is a place where equestrians go not only to kill time, but to bludgeon it mercilessly with empty promises of “just ten more minutes babe!” It’s a place where no one can hear time scream. That place is called the barn. While we all relish those languid afternoons spent watching our beloved money pits graze in the sunshine, the reality for…

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